The West “did not notice” that more than 6 million Ukrainians – those living in Donbas region, those who are working in Russia and temporary migrants – were deprived of the right to vote in the elections. Thus, the West has demonstrated “double standards and selective approach”.
No evidence given. This is a recurring narrative on the Ukraine elections.
According to OPORA civic network, an election watchdog, voting stations were opened in both regions. In Donetsk oblasts, there are 12 electoral districts (for an estimated 1.4 million voters), while in Luhansk oblast, there are 6 districts (for an estimated 522,000 voters). They were all open according to schedule.
Voting stations were even opened in the zone of military operations in Donbas – where military personnel are voting. According to Ukraine’s General Staff, there are a total of 79 special voting stations in the area of the Joint Forces Operation: 14 in Luhansk oblast and 65 in Donetsk oblast. “Voting has been organised in accordance with the law and is occurring without excesses,” according to the military.