Ukraine, on edge, prepares to vote after bloodshed




 
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Ukraine, on edge, prepares to vote after bloodshed
 
May 24th, 2014  
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Ukraine, on edge, prepares to vote after bloodshed
By Richard Balmforth and Sabina Zawadzki KIEV/KARLOVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Candidates in Ukraine's presidential election stayed out of the public eye on Saturday, observing a ban on campaigning on the eve of a vote that Kiev hopes can help end a bitter confrontation with Russia. On Friday, armed pro-Russian separatists and a Ukrainian militia group clashed in the east of Ukraine, leaving at least two dead. Kiev's pro-Western leaders hope Sunday's poll will stabilize the former Soviet republic after street protests toppled Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich and pro-Russian separatists responded by seizing Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine.




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