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It is a little unclear as to turnout, but it seems to be something like 60.3 percent, which is close to that in the 2010 elections and impressive given that around 20 percent of the country was physically unable to vote, due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the security problems in Donetsk and Luhansk.

The turnout surely affirms the legitimacy of the vote, and the scale of Poroshenko’s victory marks him out as a person who should be dealt with – it is a little difficult now for Moscow to argue that he is not the legitimately elected leader of Ukraine.

The election results were also notable for the performance of the other candidates:

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