Ukraine to sanction participants in Russian vote in separatist-held area

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Ukraine to sanction participants in Russian vote in separatist-held area
Ukraine to sanction participants in Russian vote in separatist-held area   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">KYIV</span> – Ukraine will impose sanctions against dozens of organisers and participants in Russian parliamentary elections taking place in occupied territories in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, a top Ukrainian security official said on Friday.</p> <p>Russia is holding the elections on Sept. 17-19 and for the first time, United Russia, the ruling party that supports President Vladimir Putin, is campaigning in eastern Ukraine on territory controlled by Moscow-backed separatists.</p> <p>“We are confident that the Russian Federation has no right to hold elections in these territories,” Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s security and defence council, told a televised briefing.</p> <p>“All participants in this process… members of election commissions, agitators, candidates, all observers who are officials in these elections will be under the sanctions of our country,” he said.</p> <p>Danilov did not specify what kind of sanctions would be applied and did not give names.</p> <p>Up for grabs in the elections are the votes of more than 600,000 people who were given Russian passports after a Kremlin policy change in 2019 that Ukraine decried as a step towards annexation.</p> <p>More than 14,000 people have died in fighting between separatists and Ukrainian forces, with deadly clashes continuing regularly despite a ceasefire that ended large scale combat in 2015.</p> <p/> </div>