Voting opens in Ukraine amid fear and violence in Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts

Polls opened in Ukraine at 8am on May 25 for an early presidential election ordered by parliament after Viktor Yanukovych fled the country on February 22, following the EuroMaidan Revolution.

But with Russia-sponsored violence and terror raging in eastern parts of Ukraine, many polling stations failed to open in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and Crimea, which Russia annexed in March.

Only 213 electoral districts were working in Ukraine out of 225, according to the Central Election Commission.

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