Elections in Ukraine

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 25, 2014
Voter With His Daughter Casts His Ballot During Elections in Ukraine on May 25, 2014

Ukraine held presidential elections on Sunday, May 25, 2014. In a statement on the elections, President Barack Obama said:

"On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Ukraine for making their voices heard by voting in their presidential election today. Despite provocations and violence, millions of Ukrainians went to the polls throughout the country, and even in parts of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatist groups sought to disenfranchise entire regions, some courageous Ukrainians still were able to cast their ballots. We commend the resolve of all those who participated, as well as the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face of those threats.

"Throughout the last few months, the Ukrainian people have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to choose their leaders without interference and to live in a democracy where they can determine their own future free of violence and intimidation. This election is another important step forward in the efforts of the Ukrainian government to unify the country and reach out to all of its citizens to ensure their concerns are addressed and aspirations met.

"The United States looks forward to working with the next President, as well as the democratically elected parliament, to support Ukraine’s efforts to enact important political and economic reforms. We also continue to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, condemn and reject Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, and remain committed to working with Ukraine and other partners to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict."

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Eric J.
New Mexico, USA
May 26, 2014

Congrats to all Ukrainians on keeping your democracy intact and viable in the face of those who would try and subvert it.

I watched a video of two "Babushkas" running a few armed separatists out of their neigborhood the other day, and couldn't help but think that here was possibly the only force of human nature Mr. Putin and his little green men would no doubt be compelled to capitulate to unconditionally; should all the "Babuskas" in Ukraine decide to march en-mass and take their country back.


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