Crimea votes for first time in Russian elections

Worldwide observers who have visited Sevastopol expressed confidence on Sunday that the Russian presidential election in Crimea will be held in line with the law. The European Union reiterates that it does not recognize and continues to condemn this violation of worldwide law.

"The Ukrainian Interior Ministry reports that on Sunday, March 18, 2018, the security regime at the Russian Federation's diplomatic establishments on the territory of Ukraine, namely in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa and Lviv, will not envisage Russian citizens' access to these facilities to vote at the election".

Ukraine has sent letters to the United Nations, protesting the Russian presidential election in Crimea scheduled for Sunday and urging the global community to impose sanctions on the poll organizers, local media reported Saturday.

"France does not recognise the organisation of Russia's presidential election in Crimea today", it added as Russians vote in an election overshadowed by a furious row with Britain and its allies over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.

More than 40 worldwide observers from 20 countries, including from Israel, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, Norway, Denmark and Ukraine, will cover the presidential election in Crimea. "By its actions, the Russian Federation has violated worldwide law and basic principles of relations between countries", the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement marking the anniversary.

"The violation of territorial integrity of a sovereign state and the illegal occupation have undone the legacy of the peaceful end of the Cold War confrontation and the opening of the worldwide community and Russian Federation to cooperation at the turn of the century", the statement added.

Ukrainian authorities explained their decision by Russia's plans to organize the electoral process in Crimea, which Kiev considers an occupied territory. The Russian president signed the reunification deals on March 18, 2014.