Tense Ukraine picks president amid bloodshed
Published on May 25, 2014 1:23 PM
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine votes on Sunday in a presidential election aimed at calming a deadly crisis that has threatened the ex-Soviet country's very survival, with a reported cyber attack on the vote-counting system adding to concerns.
A bloody pro-Russia rebellion is set to scuttle voting in the east, a region shaken by the thunder of military tanks and grenade launchers since mid-April.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk issued an appeal for the country's 36 million voters to turn out in force on Sunday to "defend Ukraine" in the most important election since independence in 1991.
"This will be the expression of the will of Ukrainians from the west, east, north and south," he said Saturday.
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