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Atlantic Council: Ukraine's May 25 vote may be its freest yet, despite crisis, election official says

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May 18, 2014, 6:11 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Atlantic Council

People hold up the Ukrainian flag during a pro-Ukraine rally in Donetsk on April 17. The nation has a crucial presidential election to conduct on May 25, and has to address many risks associated with this election.
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 Ukraine’s May 25 election, an event critical to strengthening the legitimacy of Ukraine’s government as it confronts attacks by Russia, may in some ways be the freest vote for a Ukrainian president since the country became independent 22 year ago, says Andriy Mahera, the deputy chairman of the country’s election commission.

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