Putin to Spend another Six-Year Term in Office after Winning Presidential Poll

President Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin has won the presidential election in Russia by a whopping 87.97% of the vote.

This is according to early official results of the polls. Victory means Putin will spend another six-year term in office.

Sky News reports that one of the first to react was Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who accused President Putin of “simulating another election”.

“It is clear to everyone in the world that this figure, as it has already often happened in the course of history, is simply sick for power and is doing everything to rule forever.

“There is no legitimacy in this imitation of elections, and there cannot be. This person should be on trial in The Hague. That’s what we have to ensure,” Zelenskyy said in a statement.

Shortly after, a spokesperson for the White House said the victory is an indicator that “elections are obviously not free nor fair” given how the leader has “imprisoned political opponents and prevented others from running against him”.

A statement released by the UK Foreign Office on X (formerly Twitter), said: “By illegally holding elections on Ukrainian territory, Russia demonstrates that it is not interested in finding a path to peace.”

The UK said it will “continue to provide humanitarian, economic and military aid to Ukrainians defending their democracy”.

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