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US Experts Discuss Upcoming Run-Off Election in Ukraine

  • Voice America
  • Ukrainian Service

On February 7, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko will face-off with Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych in a second round of the presidential vote in Ukraine. Yanokovych, who five years ago, after a fraudulent vote, massive street protests and an unprecedented third round lost to Viktor Yushchenko, today has a 10% lead over Tymoshenko, a former Yushchenko ally. However, analysts predict that Tymoshenko could close the gap with votes of Yanukovych opponents who supported other candidates in the first round.

We discussed the upcoming election with former US Ambassador to Ukraine, today Vice President of the US Institute of Peace William Taylor (seated to the left in the video below), National Endowment for Democracy Vice President Nadia Diuk and Associate Director for the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for American Progress Samuel Charap. The discussion, hosted by Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service, was led by Myroslava Gongadze.

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