Russian-backed interference poses biggest challenge to presidential election

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April 25, 2014, 1:15 a.m. | Ukraine — by Oksana Grytsenko

While the leader in Ukraine’s presidential race Petro Poroshenko supports tough measures against pro-Russian rebels in the east, his rival Yulia Tymoshenko has spoken in favor of negotiating with them. Tymoshenko shakes hands with pro-Ukrainian self-defense volunteers in Donetsk on April 18.

Oksana Grytsenko

The snap presidential elections scheduled for May 25 will be the hardest to conduct in Ukraine’s modern history. They follow the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s annexation of Crimea that left five percent of the nation living in occupied territory, and will be held amid Russian military aggression in Ukraine’s eastern regions. 

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