‘Crimea is Ukraine’: EU does not recognise elections in illegally annexed Crimea
September 13, 2022

‘Crimea is Ukraine’: EU does not recognise elections in illegally annexed Crimea

The EU does not recognise the regional and local elections held by Russia on 9-10 September in the illegally annexed Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

The EU also reminds that it does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, which is a violation of international law. 

No one “elected” in the illegally annexed Crimean peninsula during these elections, claiming to “represent” the populations of Crimea and Sevastopol has any legitimacy and will be recognised as representatives of those territories. Crimea is Ukraine,” said a press release by the European Union External Action Service.

The European Union also demands that Russia cease its illegal, unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine immediately and unconditionally, and withdraw all forces and military equipment from the entire territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.

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