Ukraine elections – a defining moment

Ukrainians gather in central Kiev to pray for peace, September 2014 (photo:dpa)
Ukrainians gather in central Kiev to pray for peace, September 2014 (photo:dpa)

Ukraine is to go to the polls at the end of October. It will be a defining moment for the war-torn former Soviet state. Many see it as an opportunity to sweep away the old guard and move forward with peace and negotiations with Russia while another camp call for stronger backing from Nato and confrontation with the Kremlin. Meanwhile pro-Russian rebels in the east will only accept self-rule.

IT WILL be a defining moment, in a country being torn apart by an ongoing civil war, when the Ukrainians go to the polls to elect a new parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on October 26, 2014.

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