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Ukraine general election: polls open

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Polls have opened and voting is underway in Ukraine’s first election since former president Victor Yanukovich was ousted by street protests in February.

Whoever wins the elections faces enormous challenges, beginning with resolving the conflict in the east which has seen more than 3700 deaths and over 800,000 refugees.

After Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk warned of possible “terrorist” attacks, more than 60,000 police have been drafted in to guard polling stations, candidates and party headquarters across the country.

Around 2,000 international observers, including a team of about 800 from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),are in place to monitor polling procedures.

Polls will remain open until 7 p.m. CET.