Ukraine election draws high turnout, voters blocked in fearful east




 
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Ukraine election draws high turnout, voters blocked in fearful east
 
May 25th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine election draws high turnout, voters blocked in fearful east


Ukraine election draws high turnout, voters blocked in fearful east
By Pavel Polityuk and Sabina Zawadzki KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainians voted on Sunday in a presidential election billed as the most important since they won their independence from Moscow 23 years ago, but armed pro-Russian separatists disrupted voting in eastern regions of the former Soviet republic. Early signs pointed to a high turnout in sunny weather in an election where the main candidates, including front-runner Petro Poroshenko, a confectionery magnate, are promising closer ties with the West in defiance of Russia's President Vladimir Putin. But the absence of over 15 percent of the electorate, in Russian-annexed Crimea and two eastern regions where fighting with pro-Moscow rebels continued on Saturday, may mar any result - and leave the Kremlin questioning the victor's legitimacy, for all Putin's new pledge to respect the people's will. Voting began in most of Ukraine at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) and will end 12 hours later, when exit polls will indicate a result ahead of an official outcome on Monday.

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