Voting for a President has got underway in Ukraine. Viktor Yanukovich is the frontrunner. The 59-year-old was once seen as a pro-Moscow stooge whose rigged election in 2004 sparked mass street protests dubbed the, ‘Orange Revolution’.
Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko is behind him in the polls. She has presented herself as the saviour of the country which she said is teetering on, ‘a razor sharp edge of choice’ and could tip into the abyss. Neither its expected will win a clear mandate and a second run off is predicted.
Sergey Tigipkuh could spring a surprise a Russian poll says support for the former central bank chief has been creeping up. The canditates have been balancing their pre-election comments on Russia with the need to integrate the country into mainstream Europe.
Current President Viktor Yuschenko is extremely unpopular. It hasn’t prevented him firing off some pointed comments to the two main candidates. He alleges they are part of a pro-Kremlin tandem representing a real threat to Ukraine.