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Many people
around him feel they are in the same position, and think that vote or not, the
Party of Regions will win. This rural region in southern part of Ukraine has
the highest rate of people who are not willing to vote. Some 16 percent will
stay at home, according to a Kyiv International Institute of Sociology study.
This is 4 percent more than the national average.

Southern
Ukraine, which also includes  Mykolayiv,
Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts as well as the Crimean
peninsula, are a part of the traditional “white-and-blue belt,”  which are the colors of the Party of Regions.
But unlike at the Regions’ Donbas home base, here people feel like they have no
alternative options.

“In Crimea
there is big support for communists, while in Mykolayiv and Kherson oblasts we
see growing support of Vitali Klitschko,” says Oleksandr Chernenko, head of the
Committee of Voters of Ukraine think tank.  

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