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Ukraine election: International observers critical; Yulia Tymoshenko on hunger strike over 'rigged' vote

International observers have called Ukraine's parliamentary elections a step backward for democracy.

Ukraine elections: Ruling party leads exit polls

President Viktor Yanukovich's Party of Regions took 28.1 percent of the vote, according to Ukraine's National Exit Poll.

Ukraine flounders as apathetic voters head to the polls

The country’s authoritarian-leaning president may be unpopular, but his party is set to win parliamentary elections on Sunday.
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Supporters of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko at a campaign rally. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)
Ukrainians vote for a new parliament on Sunday, the first national vote since President Victor Yanukovych repudiated the Orange Revolution by coming to power nearly three years ago. The vote is expected to be manipulated, part of a depressing turn away from democratization and integration into the international community that was entirely predictable back then.
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Yulia Tymoshenko loses appeal, court upholds verdict

Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has lost her appeal after a high court upheld the guilty verdict against her for abuse of office, straining Ukraine's relations with the West.

China's first foray into the Black Sea

There is some controversy and debate about China's first foray into the Black Sea. On the surface, two Chinese vessels have entered the inland sea just days after the conclusion of the 2012 Sea Breeze exercises, for the first time ever, according to Radio Free Europe.

Yulia Tymoshenko trial in Ukraine postponed until after Euro 2012

European leaders have condemned Ukraine’s treatment of Tymoshenko as political persecution, and have refused to travel to Euro 2012 games being held in Ukraine.

Ukraine arrests two suspects over April bombings

Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko said both suspects came from from Dnipropetrovsk, and had tried to demand $4.5 million from the authorities in exchange for cancelling their plans.

Yulia Tymoshenko calls off hunger strike

Tymoshenko has been on hunger strike for 19 days, in protest at her alleged mistreatment at the prison where she is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of office.

Yulia Tymoshenko determined to continue hunger strike, says daughter

"She will continue her protest – with all the consequences – until decisions have been made," says Tymoshenko's daughter, Yevgenia.

Germany warns of Euro 2012 boycott over Tymoshenko case

The news came as Tymoshenko’s daughter made an impassioned plea to Berlin to “save the life” of the former Ukrainian prime minister, telling the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung newspaper that “the fate of my mother and that of my country are now one and the same thing: if she dies, democracy dies with her.”
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