Russian elections in Crimea 'cannot be recognised': Polish foreign ministry

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert in Sevastopol Crimea Wednesday

Avakov's decision was strongly condemned by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"By joint efforts, our unity and global solidarity, we will ensure the de-occupation of Crimea and the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, respect for worldwide law!" the Ukrainian president said.

In the four years since the illegal annexation of the peninsula, the human rights situation has deteriorated, with residents facing systematic restrictions of their fundamental freedoms.

Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has treated it as a Russian territory since thus granting its citizens access to vote in this year's presidential election.

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The diplomats said that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian would be visiting Kyiv March 22-23. Putin is widely expected to win, seeing as he has consistently scored higher than 40%-and often much higher-in opinion polls since the last presidential election.

"While the relevant documents from the OSCE headquarters in Vienna on the need to observe the rights of Russian citizens during the voting on March 18, 2018 were sent to the Kiev authorities, access to the election of the president of the Russian Federation in Ukraine is completely blocked for Russian citizens", she added. Today EU High Representative Federica Mogherini released a statement on behalf of the EU condemning this violation of worldwide law.

France, Norway and Poland already declared the non-recognition of the Russian presidential election in the illegally annexed Crimea.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he had received assurances from global leaders about the non-recognition of presidential elections in Crimea.

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