Ukraine Steps Up Security At Russian Facilities, Blocks Most Russians From Voting

President Putin addresses a partisan crowd in Sevastopol the “hero city” annexed with the rest of Crimea in 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this during his visit to Kuwait, while commenting on the illegal Russian election in the occupied peninsula, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The Ukrainian government prevented Russians living in Ukraine from voting in the Russian presidential election on March 18 due to Moscow's decision to allow voting to take place in Crimea.

We recall, nearly 35% of voters voted as of 12:00 at the presidential election.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) observers said that the election was organized in accordance with the principles of openness and transparency.

Poroshenko urged his global colleagues to ramp up pressure on the Kremlin.

France, Norway and Poland already declared the non-recognition of the Russian presidential election in the illegally annexed Crimea.

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The latest data indicate that the turnout at the election reached 67.49 percent across Russian Federation.

According to preliminary data, Vladimir Putin won the election of the Russian president having gained 76.66% of the vote.

Under the sanctions imposed by the European Union against the Russian Federation, it is forbidden to provide and use organised tourism services in the territory of the illegally annexed Crimea and it is forbidden to purchase real estate or companies, as well to carry out any kind of financial transactions in Crimea, it said, warning that "The violation of sanctions imposed by the European Union will be prosecuted under Section 84 of the Criminal Law of the Republic of Latvia".

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, by the Russian Federation.

Millions of ethnic Russians live in Ukraine but the number of registered Russian voters in Ukraine is unclear. Russian officials have repeatedly pointed out that the referendum took place in accordance with the global legal framework.

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