Poroshenko says Ukraine ready to repel military offensive from Russian Federation

People gather awaiting a concert where Russian President Vladimir Putin would appear in Sevastopol Crimea Wednesday

"The legitimacy of the presidential election in Russian Federation and the allegedly elected candidate is questioned not only by the unlawful conduct of voting in the temporarily occupied Crimea".

Vladimir Putin is winning 92.15% of the vote in Crimea, which held the Russian presidential election for the first time, Chairman of the regional Election Commission Mikhail Malyshev told reporters. "I have no doubt about that", Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian president called the vote "a choice without choice" and "without real political competition". The observer mission from the Commonwealth of Independent States also said that the Central Election Commission of Russian Federation adhered to transparency requirements.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko calls to strengthen the sanctions pressure of the global community on the Russian Federation in connection with the suppression of democratic processes in the Russian Federation itself and political assassinations overseas.

"Four years after the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and (the city of) Sevastopol, France remains firmly attached to the full restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders", the French statement said.

The latest data indicate that the turnout at the election reached 67.49 percent across Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian government announced on March 16 that only Russian diplomats in Ukraine would be allowed to cast ballots in the election, which Vladimir Putin is set to win. Poroshenko said that he knows about more than 35,000 Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, 700 land battle ships, armored vehicles, artillery systems and multiple launch rocket systems delivered from Russia. Russian officials have repeatedly pointed out that the referendum took place in accordance with the global legal framework.

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