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People’s Front retains leading position in parliamentary polls in Ukraine

October 27, 2014, 18:23 UTC+3 KIEV

The Petro Poroshenko Bloc party is the second with 21.41%

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KIEV, October 27. /TASS/. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front is leading the elections to the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, with 21.58%.

A total of 60.2% of data from polling stations have been handled.

The Petro Poroshenko Bloc party is the second with 21.41%.

The Samopomich (Self-Help) party headed by mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovy comes third getting 11.16%. The Opposition Bloc led by Yuriy Boyko has 9.92%, Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party has 7.35% and the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has 5.64%.

Voting turnout in the early parliamentary elections reached 52.42%. In 2012 the turnout was 57.98%.

Russia is ready to recognize election results

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday said Moscow believes that Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Ukraine were valid despite many violations.

“The way I see it, the elections did take place, although not in the whole territory of Ukraine,” he said. “I believe that we shall recognize the results of these elections, because it is very important for us to see Ukraine at last has authorities not involved in internal rifts or tug-of-war, pulling Ukraine to the West or to the East, but busy with the real problems that the country is facing."

Moscow also hopes that the new Ukrainian government’s efforts will be aimed at working for the interests of the country’s people, Russian Foreign Minister told TASS.

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