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    KIEV (Sputnik) – Polling places opened on Sunday in Ukraine marking the start of the first round of the presidential election.

    Ukrainian citizens are able to cast ballots from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time (05:00 – 17:00 GMT).

    A total of 39 candidates are running for president this year, the largest number in the history of Ukrainian presidential elections. Popular Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the presidential race with over 30 percent of Ukrainian voters. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is supported by 17 percent of "decided" voters, while Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and the current head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, can count on 12.5 percent of the vote.

    READ MORE: Experience vs Comedy Intrigue: Ukrainians to Elect New President on Sunday

    For the first time in its history Ukraine has denied entrance to Russian observers. Moscow noted that Kiev’s move puts in question the legitimacy of the election process. Moreover, 7-10 million Ukrainian citizens will not be able to cast ballots over Kiev’s refusal to open polling stations in Russia and in the territories of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

    The Central Election Commission must announce results of the vote before April 11. If no candidate manages to get over 50 percent of the vote, a second round of elections will be held on April 21.

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    • 06:55

      Zelenskiy Leads in Ukraine as More Than 40 Percent of Ballots Counted - Report

      According to the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), with 40.09 percent of ballots counted, Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the race with 30.22 percent,Porosheno is in second place with 16.65 percent and Tymoshenko has 13.13 percent.

      The Ukraine 'Opposition Platform - For Life' candidate, Yuri Boiko, received 11.48 percent of the vote.

    • 06:40

      Some 11Mln Ukraine Voters Have Not Cast Ballots in Presidential Vote – CEC

      The presidential election in Ukraine, 31 March 2019.

      Some 11Mln Ukraine Voters Have Not Cast Ballots in Presidential Vote - CEC

      KIEV (Sputnik) – A total of 10.804 million Ukrainian citizens have not cast ballots during the first round of the presidential election, the country’s Central Election Commission said on Monday.
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    • 04:46

      Zelenskiy Leads in Ukraine as More Than 25 Percent of Ballots Counted - Report

      According to the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), with 25.31 percent of ballots counted, Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the race with 30.02 percent, Porosheno is in second place with 16.86 percent and Tymoshenko has 13.29 percent.

      The Ukraine 'Opposition Platform - For Life' candidate, Yuri Boiko, received 11 percent of the vote.

    • 04:15

      DPR Official Doubts Minsk Talks Will Progress If Zelenskiy is Ukraine President

      Presidential election in Ukraine 2019, Volodymyr Zelenskiy

      DPR Official Doubts Minsk Talks Will Progress If Zelenskiy is Ukraine President

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is unlikely to engage in a dialogue with Volodymyr Zelenskiy in case of his victory in the Ukrainian presidential election and, therefore, is skeptical of the possibility of a breakthrough in the Minsk talks with Kiev, deputy commander of the DPR Operational Command Eduard Basurin said Monday.
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    • 04:10

      Final Turnout in First Presidential Election Round in Ukraine Reaches 63 Percent - Report

      According to the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), the final turnout in the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine reached 63.52 percent.

      According to the Central Election Commission, no serious violations were registered during the voting, while the Interior Ministry said it had recorded more than 2,100 reports about violations in the election process and opened 39 criminal cases as for 19:00 GMT Sunday.    

    • 02:26

      Zelenskiy Leads in Ukraine as More Than 10% of Ballots Counted - Report

      According to the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), with 10.27 percent of ballots counted, Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the race with 29.66 percent, Porosheno is in second place with 16.83 percent and Tymoshenko has 13.75 percent.

    • 23:50

      Poroshenko in Second Place With Over 1% of Ballots Counted - Report

      According to the country's Central Election Commission (CEC), with 1.03 percent of ballots counted, Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading the race with 26.85 percent, Porosheno is in second place with 17.55 percent and Tymoshenko has 16.76 percent.

    • 23:30

      Zelenskiy Says Not Ready to Name Next Prime Minister - Report

      Comedian Zelenskiy reportedly said that he sees "a specialist, a professional" as the next Ukrainian prime minister, noting, however, that he is not yet ready to offer "a surname". He has also reportedly said that he will name the members of his presidential team before the 21 April second round.    

    • 23:18

      Tymoshenko Wins Second Place After 0,41% of Ballots Counted - Report

      According to preliminary results after 0.41 percent of ballots were counted, Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the leader of the presidential race with 28.41 percent of the votes, Yulia Tymoshenko so far gained 18.18 percent, taking the second place and Petro Poroshenko was supported by 17.49 percent.

    • 23:11

      Final Exit Poll Shows Zelenskiy, Poroshenko to Face Off in Second Round – Report

      Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent Ukranian president Petro Poroshenko are to face off in a second round, reportedly having 30.6 percent and 17.8 percent of the votes respectively, according to final exit poll results.

    • 23:07

      DPR: Ukrainian Security Forces Impede Polls Access for Anti-Poroshenko Voters

      (File) Ukrainian nationalist protesters and military veterans take part in a blockade against ongoing trade with the Donbass self-proclaimed republics, on February 23, 2017, in Kryvyi Torets railway station, Donetsk region

      DPR: Ukrainian Security Forces Impede Polls Access for Anti-Poroshenko Voters

      DONETSK (Sputnik) - Ukrainian security forces are conducting special operations along the contact line in the eastern region of Donbass to prevent Ukrainian citizens from crossing over into the Kiev-controlled part of the country, a spokesperson of the Ministry of State Security for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said Sunday.
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    • 22:50

      Zelenskiy Says Ready to Debate Poroshenko - Report

      As both candidates made it to the second round, according to the preliminary results, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has reportedly said that he is ready to take part in debates with incumbent president Petro Poroshenko.

    • 22:31

      Turnout in Ukraine’s Presidential Vote Passes 63% - Official Figures

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Turnout in the Ukrainian presidential vote this Sunday reached 63.62 percent, the Central Election Commission said after returns came in from 103 of the 199 constituencies.

      It said that 16.63 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots at 11 a.m., according to returns from 198 constituencies. Turnout was at 63.62 percent by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m.    

    • 21:53

      Poroshenko Pledges to Start Process of Donbass, Crimea Return to Ukraine After 2nd Round

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday that after the 2nd election round scheduled for 21 April, he would immediately start the process of returning Ukraine's sovereignty over the Donbass region and Crimean peninsula.

      "Right after April 21, we will begin a very important stage of returning Ukrainian sovereignty over occupied Donbass and Crimea through the Donbass restoration program and the international platform for the return of Crimea," Poroshenko told Pryamii TV channel after the presidential election on Sunday.

      The Ukrainian president also said that he would do everything in his power to secure the return of the Ukrainian citizens detained in Donbass and Russia.

      "We will return the Ukrainian sailors ... We will return our fighters, who are currently in dungeons in the occupied Donbass [region]," Poroshenko said.

    • 21:53

      Poroshenko Thanks All Ukrainians Who Came to Polling Stations to Vote in Election

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko thanked on Sunday all Ukrainians who did not stay at home and came to the polls.

      "I thank those who did not stay at home today, who, regardless of who they voted for, made a contribution to the free will of Ukrainian citizens ... Free and democratic elections are a key precondition for the continuation of our path. Without the protection of the will of citizens, nothing is possible. Today, I congratulate everyone with the fact that Ukraine has passed this test," Poroshenko told a briefing.

      He stressed that the presidential election in Ukraine was held freely and in accordance with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) standards.

      "We have not heard reports of violations that could affect the will of citizens. We passed the test for our Europeanness," Poroshenko said.

      He highlighted that Ukraine has never had any presidential election with such intense competition as in 2019.

      "I am thankful that all exit polls say that our team continues the fight in the second round ... This is a big step to victory ... [on Monday,] I'm starting the fight to win in the second round," Poroshenko said.

    • 20:47

      Tymoshenko Team Claims Second Place in Presidential Vote

      Her team said she won 20.9 percent of votes in this Sunday's election, coming second after comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy who, it said, won 27 percent. Poroshenko was third with 17.5 percent. S

      Speaking at a press briefing, Tymoshenko said she expected to go into the second round of elections together with Zelenskiy.

      "We expect that after the real results of the election come in we will face off with Zelenskiy in the second round," she said, slamming the exit polls as "paid-for," "absolutely manipulative and unfair."

       

      The presidential election in Ukraine, 31 March 2019.
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      The rival exit polls by Ukrainian television channels all ranked Tymoshenko third, excluding her from the second round on April 21. The deputy chair of her Fatherland party, Serhiy Vlasenko, accused Ukraine's Security Service of falsifications and "provocations."

      "They are conducting provocations, they want to control information that will be passed to the Central Election Commission," he said at a press conference at the campaign headquarters.

       

    • 20:36

      Ex-Ukrainian Election Commission Head Says Sceptical of Election Turnout

      "The turnout that we are seeing now resembles the results in the 2010 election and is somewhat worrisome ... I am very sceptical about these turnout results and do not think that this could be the results of a fair turnout," the ex-Ukrainian CEC chairman said on the "112 Ukraina" TV channel.

      Ohendovsky explained that the turnout does not seem authentic to him because millions of Ukrainian citizens are currently outside of the country as either asylum-seekers or migrant workers.

       

      Ohendovsky also said that he would not be surprised to see a 100 percent turnout by the end of election day, which is impossible if the current turnout trend continued at the same rate.

      Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian CEC said that the turnout in Sunday's election had exceeded 45 percent by 3 p.m. (12:00 GMT), according to data provided by 36 out of 199 electoral districts.

    • 20:22

      Zelenskiy’s Campaign Says Detected Over 4,000 Electoral Violations

      "Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., there were 4,070 violations detected at polling places... Most common complaints are that voters are not allowed to use their own pens, about people missing from the voter lists, deceased people listed as voters, unsealed ballot boxes, not enough ballots," it said on Facebook.

    • 20:21

      Ukraine Presidential Election: Comedian Zelenskiy Wins 1st Round - Exit Poll

      Ukrainian presidential candidate, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy votes at a polling station on 31 March, 2019

      Ukraine Presidential Election: Comedian Zelenskiy Wins 1st Round - Exit Poll

      The final vote results are to be published before 10 April. If no candidate manages to get over 50 per cent of the vote, a second tour will be held on 21 April.
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    • 19:54

      Tymoshenko's Team Accuses Some EU States and US of Attempts to Influence Course of Presidential Elections

      Presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko's team accused diplomats that represent several EU countries and the United States of attempting to influence the course of elections at the polling stations abroad, the deputy chairman of the Fatherland (Batkivshchyna) Party, Grigoriy Nemyrya, said on Sunday.

    • 18:44

      Tweet Suggests Voter Struggled to Choose Presidential Candidate, Damaged Ballot Paper Voting for Putin

    • 18:12

      Ukrainian Police Check 9 Polling Places in Eastern Region for Bomb Threats on Election Day

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukrainian police are investigating bomb reports at nine different polling places in the eastern city of Dnipro, the Dnipropetrovsk region's police said on Sunday.

      "Police are investigating bomb reports in nine polling places in Dnipro," the police statement said.

      The police received the first report of a bomb at 2:30 p.m. (11:00 GMT).

      "As of 4 p.m. three polling places have been checked. We have not discovered any dangerous objects. We have sent bomb squads, canine units and investigative teams to check on the other polling places where we received bomb threats. Currently, we are checking those territories and surrounding areas," the statement said.

      Earlier on Sunday, the day of Ukraine's presidential election, police received reports of bombs in Dnipro's metro and in central Kiev. After an investigation, the police did not find any bombs and said they were false reports.

    • 17:26

      Ukraine's Central Election Commission Says It Has Not Recorded Any Serious Violations During Vote

    • 16:45

      British Ambassador Violates Ballot Law During Elections in Ukraine

      British ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough violated Ukrainian law as she posted a photo on Twitter showing her holding a ballot paper.

      According to Article 71 of the Ukrainian legislation, a ballot is a document of a strict disclosure and shouldn't be passed or displayed to third parties.

    • 16:16

      Turnout in Ukrainian Presidential Election Exceeds 45% in 36 out of 199 Electoral Districts by 12:00 GMT - Election Commission

      According to the latest data, the turnout reached 45.22 percent, while in the first hours after the opening of polling places, the turnout was less than 17 percent.

    • 16:15

      Ukraine’s Presidential Candidate Zelenskiy Says to Run for Parliament If Loses Election

      But he stressed he would not see his defeat at the ballot box as a failure, in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper.

      "It wouldn’t be a failure. It would be a try, a big step… I will have other things to do. I will get ready for the parliamentary battle," he was quoted as saying.

    • 15:04

      Ukrainian Police Receive Over 520 Reports on Possible Violations During Presidential Vote

      KIEV (Sputnik) - The Ukrainian police have received a total of 522 complaints about alleged violations during the presidential election that is being held in the country on Sunday and have already initiated eight criminal cases, Iaroslav Trakalo, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Police, said.

      "As of 2 p.m. [11:00 GMT], 522 notices and reports about possible violations of the electoral process have been registered. Eight criminal cases have been opened," Trakalo posted on his official Facebook page.

      Earlier in the day, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that the police had registered just over 280 complaints about possible violations.

    • 13:36

      Kiev Forces Shell Suburbs in Donbass on Election Day - DPR Representative

      DONETSK (Sputnik) - The Ukrainian troops shelled on Sunday when Ukraine is holding a presidential election, the suburbs of the country's eastern city of Horlovka, which is controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), a DPR representative to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination said.

      "From 3:30 to 8:50 a.m. [00:30-05:50 GMT], shelling by Ukrainian armed formations has been registered in the direction of Hol'mivs'kyi and Dolomitne [settlements just outside Horlovka], 26 mortars of 120-mm [4.7-inch] caliber were fired," the representative told reporters.

      Horlivka acting mayor Ivan Prikhodko, in turn, said that two civilians had suffered shrapnel wounds as a result of shelling targeting another settlement just outside the town.

      "Shelling [hes been recorded] in Zaitseve [settlement to the north of Horlovka], two civilians have been wounded. [The injured have suffered] shrapnel wounds to neck and stomach ... DPR forces militants are trying to evacuate the wounded," Prikhodko told reporters.

    • 13:07

      Over 280 Complaints About Possible Electoral Violations Filed in Ukraine - Authorities

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukrainian police have received more than 280 complaints about possible violations during Sunday's presidential election across Ukraine, a spokesman for the country's Interior Ministry, Artem Shevchenko, said.

      "As of 12:00 p.m. [09:00 GMT], the police have received 284 notices and reports related to the electoral process," Shevchenko told a briefing.

      The largest number of complaints - 30 - were registered in the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region, the spokesman said.

      Earlier in the day, the ministry said that the complaints were mostly related to canvassing, which is banned on election day, vote buying, attempts to spoil voting ballots and taking pictures of them.

      A criminal case has been opened into the falsification of ballot papers, the ministry said.

      Russian observers who were supposed to have monitored the election as part of the mission of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have been banned from the voting process by Kiev. Russia has said that the move should raise questions about the legitimacy of the election and the results of the vote.

      Up to 10 million Ukrainians who are eligible to vote will not be able to cast their ballots because Kiev did not organise polling places either in the Donbas region's area it does not control or in Russia, where the largest diaspora of the Ukrainian people lives.

    • 10:47

      Things to Know About Ukraine Election Frontrunner, Comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy Who Played President on TV

      Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy

      Things to Know About Ukraine Election Frontrunner, Comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Volodymyr Zelenskiy, famous Ukrainian comedian and actor, is leading in the Ukrainian presidential race, according to recent polls.
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    • 10:27

      Ukrainian Armed Forces Shell Suburbs in Donbass With 120-mm Mortars on Election Day - DPR Representative

      The Ukrainian troops shelled on Sunday, when Ukraine is holding presidential election, the suburbs of the country's eastern city of Horlivka, which is controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), a DPR representative to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination said.

    • 10:24

      Over 1,500 Int'l Observers Arrived in Ukraine for Presidential Election - Border Guard

    • 10:23

      Ukrainian Interior Ministry Says Campaign Silence Broken 79 Times Ahead of Election

    • 10:23

      Have a Deeper Look Into Presidential Election Process in Ukraine

      People stand inside voting booths at a polling station during a presidential election in the village of Kosmach in Ivano-Frankivsk Region, Ukraine 31 March 2019

      Have a Deeper Look Into Presidential Election Process in Ukraine

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On March 31, the presidential election will be held across Ukraine. According to the Constitution of Ukraine (1996), the president is the head of state. The president is elected on the basis of universal equal suffrage in a free direct election by secret ballot for a term of five years.
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