Explosion near ‘polling station’ in occupied Skadovsk injures five Russian soldiers and drastically limits ‘voting’ options – NRC

An explosion thundered in the center of Skadovsk (illustrative photo)
An explosion thundered in the center of Skadovsk (illustrative photo)

Five Russian soldiers patrolling the temporarily occupied Skadovsk in Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast were hospitalized with injuries after an early afternoon explosion on March 15 near the so-called "polling station" on the city's central square, the National Resistance Center (NRC) reported on March 16.

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"Due to its inability to ensure the safety of its personnel, the occupation administration canceled further ‘elections’ in the city and allowed only ‘voting’ at the place of residence," the report said, adding that none of those involved in organizing the sham "elections" would escape responsibility.

The explosion was first reported by the advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko.

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"An explosive device detonated. There will be consequences," he wrote in his March 15 Telegram post.

On the same day, air-raid alert and explosions interrupted the first day of voting in Russia's sham presidential "elections" at polling stations in Belgorod, the propaganda outlet RIA Novosti reported.

On March 16, Ukrainian media reported that Main Intelligence Directorate’s (HUR) cyber-specialists hacked into the Russian public service system used for electronic voting in the sham "presidential elections.”

So-called presidential “elections” are being held in Russia and Ukraine’s temporarily occupied territories between March 15 and 17.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who has been in power for 24 years, announced his participation in the “elections” last December. No opposition leaders or anti-war candidates were registered by the country’s Central Election Commission.

The European Parliament announced on March 14 that it would not send its observers to the sham vote.

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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the vote in the occupied territories would be "illegal and invalid.

On Mar. 14 Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] called on foreign governments and parliaments, international organizations, and parliamentary assemblies to condemn Russia's illegal sham presidential "elections" in the Temporarily Occupied Territories (TOT).

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