Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelensky
Presidential elections are to be held in Russia next year. This has increased Ukraine’s problems. Russia has also announced to hold elections in those areas which have been captured by the Russian army in this latest war. Presidential elections will be held in March next year. Vladimir Putin himself is in the presidential race for the fifth time. There is every possibility that no leader will stand against him. It is said that Putin has sidelined all his opponents. Let us understand what problem Ukraine faces with this election?
The Upper House of Russia has fixed the month of March next year for the presidential elections. The Election Commission has also released the schedule of the three-day elections, where voting will be held from March 15-17. Speaker of the Upper House Valentina Matviyenko said that this time elections will also be held in four Ukrainian regions. Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson were captured by the Russian army during the war. This is the area in the north and south of Ukraine.
Russia had also organized a referendum in these four Ukraine regions, which neither Kiev nor the Western countries accepted. For example, neither Russia nor Ukraine has complete control over these areas. Russia had earlier captured Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. By holding a referendum in this area too, Russia has established its complete control.
Ukraine demands to impose sanctions on Russia
In a statement issued by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, it has appealed to the international community to oppose Russia’s intention to hold elections in these areas. Also, the Ukrainian Ministry has demanded to impose a new round of sanctions on Russia for holding elections. Ukraine also warned about possible observers sent by Russia, saying that if anyone comes to these areas to monitor elections, those “criminals” will face criminal cases.
If he wins, Putin will become president for the fifth time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he will run for president again, a move he hopes will keep him in power until at least 2030. Even after this, if he wants, he can contest elections and remain in power till 2036. If Vladimir Putin wins the next elections, he will become the President of the country for the fifth time.