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    Billionaire Petro Poroshenko has taken 54.5 percent of the vote in Ukraine’s presidential election with 95 percent of ballots counted, the country’s Central Election Commission announced Tuesday.

    KIEV, May 27 (RIA Novosti) – Billionaire Petro Poroshenko has taken 54.5 percent of the vote in Ukraine’s presidential election with 95 percent of ballots counted, the country’s Central Election Commission announced Tuesday.

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko came second with 12.9 percent.

    Oleh Lyashko, the leader of the Radical Party of Ukraine, came third with 8.4 percent of the vote, the CEC said.

    The Central Election Committee earlier said that there was no need to hold a second round of presidential elections in Ukraine as billionaire Poroshenko had won a simple majority of votes.

    The May 25 early presidential election in Ukraine came amid a large-scale military operation launched by the Kiev regime to crack down on protesters in the east refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the government.

    After claiming victory in the election, Poroshenko said the special operation in eastern Ukraine should continue and become more effective. On Monday, the president-elect said he was ready to sit down at the negotiating table with all people of the turbulent Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but added illegal armed forces must lay down their weapons.

    Southeastern Ukraine has been swept by rallies since early spring. Federalization supporters in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slaviansk and Kramatorsk refused to recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian government and urged interim authorities to hold referendums similar to the one held in Crimea last month, which led to the republic’s reunification with Russia.

    In response, Ukrainian authorities launched a special operation to stop the protests. Moscow called the operation, which has already left scores of civilians dead, a “punitive act.”

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