Yulia Tymoshenko was the first of the two candidates to react to the exit polls, which have given her rival such a slender lead.
The woman, who has in her political career proven to be a strong orator who can engage with her supporters, was direct.
“At this moment I would like to say to everyone I am convinced those who voted for a strong democratic European Ukraine are more numerous than those who voted for Ukraine as it is. It is for that reason we will be having a parallel count of the votes,” she said.
She had been in confident mood as she voted in advance of this run-off, as opinion polls and analysts said the election was too close to call.
Now she is refusing at this stage to concede defeat and stressed it was too early to draw conclusions based on those exit polls.
So the Prime Minister, whose campaign slogan was ‘she works’, believes she still has a chance of becoming the next President.