• People queue to collect their ballot papers during voting in a presidential election at a polling station in Kyiv, May 25, 2014. Ukrainians voted in a presidential election billed as the most important since they won their independence from Moscow 23 years ago.
  • People cast their ballots during voting in a presidential election at polling station in Kyiv.
  • Ukraine's presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko casts her ballot as her husband Oleksandr, right, and daughter Yevgenia assist her at a polling station during presidential election in Dnipropetrovsk.
  • Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk (R) accompanied by his wife Teresiya (C) speaks to journalists after voting in a presidential election at polling station in Kyiv.
  • A Ukrainian soldier waits outside voting booths at a polling station in the village of Desna in the Chernihiv region.
  • Pro-Russian militants smash ballot boxes in front of the seized regional administration building in Donetsk. Ukraine's critical presidential election got underway under the wary scrutiny of a world eager for stability in a country rocked by a deadly uprising in the east.
  • Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, left, and his wife Maria, right, cast their ballots at a polling station  in Kyiv.
  • Darth Vader, the Ukrainian Internet Party candidate for Kyiv's mayor, waits to receive his ballot at a polling station in Kiev.
  • A woman reads her ballot at a polling station in Mariupol.
  • People queue to receive their ballot papers at polling station in the village of Kosmach in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of western Ukraine.
  • An election official sits in front of a wall covered with information of candidates at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Krasnoermeisk (Red Army), northwest of Donetsk.
  • An elderly woman casts her vote in the presidential election in the eastern town of Krasnoarmeisk.

Presidential Voting Under Way in Tense Ukraine

Published May 25, 2014

Ukraine's polling stations open in a presidential election overshadowed by violence in the country's mainly Russian-speaking east and by Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

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