Western Ukraine’s biggest city Lviv basked in sunshine as voters went to the polls. This is the heartland of nationalism, and turnout should be high. Here as elsewhere voters are faced with a bewildering array of candidates and parties, but their desire for change is clear.
“I came early, before going to church. First, I vote, and then go to pray for a successful vote, for my choice. I cannot say I’m expecting something, but I hope at least. But I am afraid that after these elections there will be be new ones again very soon,” said one older man.
“I came early because I have a lot to do today. In fact, I expect changes in Ukraine, some positive changes. I hope that new people will come to power who actually will change something. This is important because we are young and we are patriots. We hope that everything will be cool. A lot of people are leaving Ukraine, and I don’t want to do so, I want everything to be cool,” said one woman.
Local mayor Andriy Sadovy, now in his second term, is at the head of his own party, Samopomich, and is standing for parliament.
“On election day, several days of rain and even snow have given way. This is encouraging voters to come to the polling stations, as well as their wish to change parliament amidst the crisis and fighting in the Donbass region. Among those who cast their ballots early there were many people who came to the polling station before going to church,” says euronews’ Mykhaylo Dubyak.