Donestk resident on Poroshenko: "He is not our president"
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 01:29
May 25 - Ukrainians react to Petro Poroshenko's declared election victory. Poroshenko says it's time to end conflict in eastern Ukraine. Gavino Garay reports.
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After declaring victory in round one of Ukraine's presidential elections, confectionary magnate Petro Poroshenko says it's time to draw the violence in the country to an end.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING:
"The first steps which all our team will take from the start of our presidency will be focused on ending the war, chaos and disorder and bringing peace to Ukrainian land, to a united and integral Ukraine."
In Donestk, some residents won't even acknowledge the victory.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PAVEL, DONETSK RESIDENT, SAYING:
"He is not our president, we didn't vote for him, those in the west might have voted, but here we didn't. We didn't hold the election here as far as I know."
In Kiev, members of the Maidan self-defense unit are waiting to see what happens next.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) OLEG, MEMBER OF MAIDAN SELF DEFENSE UNIT, SAYING:
"We will see how it works out, Poroshenko and the others, if they do not act as they should, Maidan will stay as long as it is needed."
Exit polls gave Poroshenko more than 55 percent of the vote, well ahead of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in second place with just over 12 percent.
If confirmed by results on Monday, there will be no need for a runoff vote on June 15.
Poroshenko faces the challenge of pulling the country of 45 million people back from the brink of bankruptcy, following six months of political turmoil.
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