As reported, Russia's parliamentary elections were scheduled for Sept. 18, 2016. The election campaign was held in Ukraine's Crimea annexed by Russia in the spring of 2014. The Russian Federation opened four polling stations in its diplomatic missions in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv.
#Crimea remains an integral part of #Ukraine and Canada will not recognize the legitimacy of Russian Duma elections taking place there.
- Stéphane Dion (@MinCanadaFA) 18 сентября 2016 г.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko earlier instructed Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to inform the Russian leadership about the impossibility of holding the elections to the State Duma in the Ukrainian territory.
On Sept. 8, 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the parliaments of foreign states, international parliamentary assemblies and organizations to not recognize the elections to the State Duma in occupied Crimea and Sevastopol, scheduled for Sept. 18, 2016.
Ukrainian Parliament urged the international community to refrain from participating in monitoring the elections and not to recognize their results under any circumstances.
Sept. 19, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine strongly condemned the "elections" to the State Duma of the seventh convocation organized by the Russian Federation in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol temporarily occupied by it in flagrant violation of the fundamental norms and principles of the international law.