The Kyiv’s authorities decision to close polling places in Russia makes the Ukrainian elections illegitimate. Kyiv restricts the constitutional rights of Ukrainian citizens living in Russia.
The decision approved by the Ukrainian Central Election Commission is not meant to restrict the constitutional rights of Ukrainian citizens.
According to Ukrainian foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, the polling stations in Russia will be closed for security reasons. Five foreign polling stations from Russia will be transferred to the embassies of Ukraine in Georgia, Kazakhstan and Finland to "ensure security and safety of Ukrainian citizens".