Poland rejects Russian local elections in Crimea

It has been 6 years since the Russian Federation annexed Crimea, a political move Poland has been incessantly speaking against. On Tuesday, through its Foreign Ministry, Poland announced that it did not recognise a September 13 local election held by Russian authorities in Ukraine's Russian-occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea, deeming the elections were held illegally.

Explaining its position, the ministry said that it resulted from Poland's obligations as a UN member, and recalled a UN resolution of March 2014 in which the UN states described Russia's annexation of Crimea in the same year as an "open violation of international law."

"In light of this resolution any activity by Russian authorities in this Russian-occupied part of Ukraine is illegal," the ministry stated, adding that Poland continuously supported the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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