KIEV, October 15. / TASS /. Ukraine’s Defense and National Security Council has imposed sanctions on 237 others involved in organizing voting in Russian parliamentary elections in Crimea and the self-proclaimed Donbass republics, Council Secretary Alexei said on Friday. Danilov.
“A decision was taken today regarding who participated in the vote – organized the vote in Crimea and in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions,” he said, adding that the sanctions applied to 237 people.
According to Danilov, most of these people are members of election commissions.
Previously, Ukraine had imposed sanctions on 95 people it claimed to be involved in organizing elections to the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) in Crimea.
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a special-status city on the Crimean Peninsula where most of the inhabitants are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.
Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11, 2014. They held a referendum on March 16, 2014, in which 96.7% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to do so. secession from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the reunification treaties on March 18, 2014. The documents were ratified by the Russian Federal Assembly, or bicameral parliament, on March 21.
Despite the overwhelming results of the referendum, Ukraine still refuses to recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
On July 20, Russia’s Central Election Commission allowed residents of the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (RDP and RPL) who have Russian passports to participate in the Russian State Duma elections online. They could also participate in offline voting at polling stations in the Rostov region in southern Russia. About fifty such polling stations were organized.
Voting in the Russian State Duma elections took place on September 17, 18 and 19.