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Illustrative purposes only. A meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 29, 2016, in New York, United States. (Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
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The U.N. Security Council will hold a meeting on March 15 to discuss illegally organized voting in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine as part of the country’s presidential election, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Sergiy Kyslytsya announced.

Russia began three days of voting on March 15 in a pseudo-democratic presidential election that is expected to grant Vladimir Putin, who has been in power since 1999, six more years in office.

Moscow is also organizing voting in occupied Crimea and parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts in violation of international law.

The council will meet to discuss the issue at Ukraine’s request at 3:05 p.m. EDT (9:05 p.m. Kyiv time) on March 15, Kyslytsya said on X (formerly Twitter).

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