The Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, urged the international community to take measures to warn the authorities of the Russian Federation against holding presidential elections in the occupied Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Sevastopol.

255 MPs  voted for the adoption of the relevant resolution. The draft resolution was submitted by the Head of the "Popular Front" faction Maksim Burbak.

“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appeals: To take all possible measures to warn the authorities of the Russian Federation and the occupation administration from holding elections of the President of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine - the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol,” reads the message of the parliament to the world community.

The Parliament also called in the case of a vote to note the fact of illegitimate voting in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine - in the Crimea in the conclusions of the observation missions.

In the appeal, parliamentarians called for additional sanctions against the Russian Federation and personal sanctions against those involved in the organization of illegal voting on the peninsula, annexed by Russia.

QHA reported that the Russian political emigrant Irina Belacheu had stated, that on presidential elections of the Russian Federation on March, 18th the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will arrive in the occupied Sevastopol because considers an annexation of Crimea his greatest achievement. According to Belacheu, the results of the elections in the occupied Crimea, as well as in Russia, are predetermined.

Earlier, Russian President Putin postponed the election of the Russian president till March 18. This day is considered the day of annexation of the Crimea, when the Russian Federation signed the so-called agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.