The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed a "strong protest" in connection with the elections in Crimea, which are taking place on September 13. The corresponding statement was published on the website of the Foreign Ministry.
The ministry called the organization and conduct of the elections "illegal". Kiev considers these actions by the Russian Federation "a continuation of gross violations of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."
In addition, as noted in the message, Ukraine calls on other countries to condemn and recognize these elections as illegal, as well as to "increase political and diplomatic pressure" on the Russian Federation, including by expanding sanctions.
On September 13, a single voting day is held throughout Russia.
Recall that Crimea became part of the Russian Federation after a referendum in 2014. Meanwhile, Ukraine and a number of other countries still do not recognize this region as part of Russia. However, the Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that the question of ownership of the peninsula is "finally closed."