Photo: RIA Novosti
Representatives of the Russian media could not get to the polling station in Minsk. It is reported by “Radio Svoboda” (Ukrainian service of “Radio Liberty”).
The members of the election Commission has decided not to let on the territory of the Russian reporters representing TASS, RIA Novosti, TV channels REN TV and NTV. They had to shoot over the fence of the Embassy, where a polling station is situated.
It is noted that representatives of the Ukrainian, Belarusian and international media had free access there.
8 February, Moscow announced that “security reasons” the Russian representatives will not send as long-term observers for the presidential elections in Ukraine. The decision was taken after repeated statements of the Ukrainian Ministry of foreign Affairs and current President of Petro Poroshenko about the fact that they will not allow observers from the “aggressor”.
According to the Ukrainian side, the Russian representatives have no right to observe the elections even in the international mission of the OSCE. In Moscow, the refusal of accreditation of long-term Russian observers described as a “flagrant violation of international obligations” and said that Kiev is thus “wiped his feet” about standards of electoral procedures.
However, the OSCE stressed that the decision to deny accreditation to the citizens of one state is unprecedented and contrary to the obligations of the members of the organization. In addition, the special envoy of the US state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker demanded that Kiev allow observers from Russia to the polls. He noted that this will help the international recognition of the Ukrainian elections.
The vote in the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine started on March 31 at 08:00 (time coincides with Moscow). The stations closed at 20:00. For the post of head of state claim 39 candidates. According to 15:00, the turnout was 43.86 percent. As of 14:00 police recorded more than 500 reports of violations.
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