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Ukraine's Poroshenko condemns "pseudo-elections" in east

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 01:29

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko condemns ''pseudo-elections'' planned by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine next Sunday. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic visits towns in Ukraine's East ahead of a November 2 vote in rebel-controlled areas. Alexander Zakharchenko has big ambitions. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC LEADER, ALEXANDER ZAKHARCHENKO, SAYING: "I want our pensioners to be able to travel to Australia at least once a year and to shoot fifteen or so kangaroos on safari. I want my compatriots to work to live, and not live to work. That's what I want. I want the average salary to be higher than in Poland. That's what I want. I want to live in a big, rich, free country." Ukrainain President Petro Poroshenko isn't buying it. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "A just society can be built only where there is the rule of law, when there are fair elections, unlike elections - pseudo-elections - that terrorists and bandits are planning to hold on occupied territories. On November 2nd, under the barrels of guns, they want to demonstrate a fake expression of will." The dispute over the rebel vote has deepened the discord between Russia and the West over the future of Ukraine, going back to the overthrow by protesters of the country's Moscow-backed president in February. The November 2nd vote will be held in defiance of Ukrainian elections held last Sunday in which pro-Western parties triumphed.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko condemns "pseudo-elections" in east

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 01:29