Ukraine will insist on holding a special debate at the PACE session in April regarding the conduct of the elections of the Russian president in the occupied Crimea and the violation of human rights on the Ukrainian peninsula and in the ORDLO. First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko made a corresponding statement today, on March 23 on Facebook, analyzing the results of the meeting with the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovičs.

“The Ukrainian delegation will insist that the topic of illegal elections on the stolen peninsula, violations of human rights in the Donbas and Crimea, the security situation in the occupied territories become the subject of special debates at the April session of the PACE. We are waiting for support of Latvian delegation and our other colleagues on this issue," the Vice-speaker wrote.

According to her, during the meeting the parties also discussed the issue of non-recognition of elections in the occupied peninsula and the prospects for the introduction of peacekeepers in the Donbas.

Reference: The election of the Russian president was held on March 18. The current Russian president, Vladimir Putin, won the election, gaining almost 77% of the vote.

QHA reported that France stated that it does not recognize the results of the vote in the presidential elections in Russia in the annexed Crimea. Paris continues to insist on full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders.

Canada also stated it does not recognize the election of the Russian president in the Crimea and condemned their conduct on the annexed territory of Ukraine. On the same day, Germany announced that it would not recognize the results of the voting on March 18.