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UKRAINE: Ukraine elections: Runners and risks
BBC ^ | 22 May 2014 Last updated at 12:24 ET

Posted on 05/23/2014 4:17:53 AM PDT by

Continuing violence involving pro-Russian militants in the eastern parts of the country poses a major threat to the campaign. But if held successfully, the election could become a turning point in the long-running crisis. line break

Is the election going ahead? Pro-Russian militants stand by as they maintain a barricade outside the regional state building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 12, 2014. A presidential election in Ukraine scheduled for May 25 that the West sees as vital to restoring order "will not happen" in the Donetsk region, the self-styled governor of the province Denis Pushilin said Monday. The authorities face a difficult task in areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists

The Ukrainian government is sparing no effort to enable the election to take place. It has admitted, however, that it may not be possible to hold the poll in territories controlled by pro-Russian groups in the east. The latter have vowed to thwart the vote, and there have been reports of election officials being intimidated and electoral commission offices being taken over by pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine.

In Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March, there will be no voting.

There is no minimum turnout requirement. If none of the candidates wins more than 50% of the vote, a run-off between the two top contenders will be held on 15 June.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: election

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