The European Union confirmed its refusal to recognize the results of the September 10 elections organized by Russia in annexed Sevastopol. A representative of the External Diplomatic Service of the EU issued a statement to that effect in Brussels on Monday, September 11.
“The European Union does not recognize illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and, therefore, does not recognize the elections in the Crimean Peninsula. Anyone who is elected in the Crimean Peninsula who purports to represent Sevastopol and the Crimea will not be recognized as representative of the areas that are Ukrainian,” the statement said.
The European Union stressed that it, as before, “remains unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”
On September 10, Russian governor elections took place in annexed Sevastopol. Preliminary voting results were presented in the City Elections Commission in the morning on September 11. According to their data, Ovsyannnikov is leading, scoring 71% of the vote. The voter turnout for the elections was 34%.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine refused to recognize the elections in annexed Crimea and called them a violation of international law and the laws of Ukraine. Earlier, the Ukrainian foreign-policy establishment urged the international community not to recognize the results of the elections, organized by Russian officials in the Crimea. It also called for an extension of anti-Russian sanctions.