Source Pravda.Ru

Ukrainian elections: Two Viktors but only one victory

Pro-Western opposition leader &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/92/370/14719_Yushchenko.html ' target=_blank>Viktor Yushchenko was headed for victory in Ukraine's presidential election, exit polls showed, after a vote to decide whether the ex-Soviet republic breaks with the past and aligns itself with the West or remains under Russia's sway.

Three independent nationwide exit polls published after voting ended gave the 50-year-old Yushchenko a lead of at least 15 points over his pro-Russian rival, &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/ 20/91/368/14722_multipolarity.html ' target=_blank>Viktor Yanukovych. Early official returns were expected to start being released late Sunday with more complete results due Monday, wrote the Turkish Press.

Ukrainian community leaders living in Britain talked of their hopes the country was about to enter a new era of democracy and openness.

Modern languages teacher Stephen Moroz, 49, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, who has relatives living in Kiev, said: "I feel Mr Yushchenko offers a major step forward for the Ukraine and the Ukrainian people in general.

"There is a real opportunity for the country to advance and I feel a true sense of democracy is really within the people’s grasp.

"There is the chance to look out at a future beyond the interference of Russia", reports the Scotsman.

Yanukovych ridiculed the exit polls, calling them "political technologies supported by the same money that financed the orange coup d'etat." The prime minister has charged that the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/399/14216_threat.html ' target=_blank>Bush administration and European governments have given millions of dollars to groups supporting Yushchenko.

The campaign was bitter and divisive, and election day violence was widely expected. But the Interior Ministry, the election commission and numerous observer groups reported no serious incidents at the country's 33,000 polling stations.

Comments
Venezuela: Once again, interference from the USA in Latin America
Venezuelan President Maduro: USA fatally obsessed with Russia
Russian government prepares to get rid of US dollar in economy
Russia's long-range Bastion system follows USS Carney in Black Sea waters
Russian government prepares to get rid of US dollar in economy
Russian government prepares to get rid of US dollar in economy
Russian government prepares to get rid of US dollar in economy
Turkey desperately tries to rescue its national currency as it falls to all-time lows
Turkey desperately tries to rescue its national currency as it falls to all-time lows
US sanctions to kill Russian banks and sovereign debt?
Russia builds new robotic tank invulnerable to mines
Russia builds new robotic tank invulnerable to mines
Russia starts Star Wars first. USA concerned and puzzled
Turkey and USA take their relationship to breaking point
US sanctions to kill Russian banks and sovereign debt?
US sanctions to kill Russian banks and sovereign debt?
Details of Putin-Merkel surprise meeting unveiled
Turkey and USA take their relationship to breaking point
Iran shows new ICBM that can evade radars
US refuses to explain reasons behind new 'draconian' sanctions
Russia starts Star Wars first. USA concerned and puzzled