Ukraine votes in presidential election vital for restoring order

Global News

KYIV, Ukraine – Long lines snaked around polling stations in Kyiv on Sunday for Ukraine’s critical presidential election, a stark contrast to the troubled east where heavily armed pro-Russian rebels intimidated voters by smashing ballot boxes and blocking access to voting centres.

READ MORE: 5 things to know about the Ukraine election

The election came three months after the ouster of the country’s pro-Russia leader, who was chased from power by months of protests
over corruption and his decision to reject a pact with the European Union and forge closer ties with Moscow.

There were no immediate signs of clashes on Sunday after weeks of intense battles in a deadly insurgency. But it also appeared little voting was taking place in the east: The regional administration in Donetsk said that only 426 of 2,430 polling stations in the region were open Sunday, and none in the city of Donetsk, which…

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