Confusion reigns in the Ukrainian capital the day after the country went to the polls in presidential elections. Thousands of people have crammed into the city centre to support the candidate who at the moment appears to have lost. With nearly all the votes counted the Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich appears to have a lead of around 3 percent over his pro-Western challenger.
But Viktor Yushchenko said he is the winner. He claims across Ukraine there is proof of ballot rigging and fraud. He told his supporters, “ Today a great evil is occurring in our country Ukraine.
We are united here to say to our government you have not defended the arguments of the people: Your actions can not help you to stay in power when the people make another choice. “
Earlier in the day Yushchenko met with senior officials from the ministry of the interior and the army who apparently indicated he had their support. He also has the support of some leading reformers in Russia who came to Ukraine to campaign on his behalf. They include Boris Nemtsov who heads up a centre-right party in Russia.
He told a rally in Kiev that there was a link between criminal elements in Ukraine and former KGB officials in Russia. He said, “ We need freedom and democracy in Ukraine in order to have freedom and democracy in Russia. Only together we can be free happy and successful.” Voter turnout was high for this election close to 80 percent. For the time being Viktor Yushchenko has urged his supporters to stay put in Independence Square. Around 50,000 of them have done just that.