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Early returns show Poroshenko winning Ukraine vote
Early returns show Poroshenko winning Ukraine vote

 

KIEV - Exit polls and early returns Monday suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine in the first round

of balloting. In taking on the leadership of the bitterly divided country, he vowed to "put an end to war, chaos, crime, and bring peace to the Ukrainian land."

 

The 48-year-old billionaire who supports strong ties with Europe but also wants to mend relations with Russia claimed victory after Sunday's vote, which took place amid weeks of fighting in eastern Ukraine where pro-Moscow separatists have seized government buildings and battled government troops. (AP)