posted at 20:50
Author Name: Sebastian Smith and Dmitry Zaks
Ukraine voters embrace West and peace with rebels
A buoyant Poroshenko said, in nationally televised comments, said "More than three quarters of voters who took part in the polls gave strong and irreversible backing to Ukraine's path to Europe,". Results with 10 percent of the precincts reporting showed Poroshenko's group with 21.9 percent of the votes. Exit polls earlier showed the president's Petro Poroshenko Bloc leading with 23 percent of the vote. The vote came eight months after a winter-long popular uprising that killed more than 100 people ousted Yanukovych in February and sparked the worst standoff between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. The exit polls showed the socially conservative Samopomich group of the mayor of Lviv - a western Ukrainian bedrock of nationalist passions - in third place with up to 14 percent of the vote. Insurgent leaders intend to hold their own leadership vote that Kiev rejects next Sunday. Voters came down on the side of moderates rather than more hawkish parties like the Radical Party and Fatherland - a group led by former premier and 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko herself has been hounded by graft charges and only managed to lead her party to sixth place on Sunday with less than six percent of the vote, according to the early results.

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