Kravchuk drops out of election race

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The Independent Online
President Leonid Kravchuk has pulled out of Ukraine's presidential election campaign after a virtual collapse of the economy and attacks by nationalists on his stand in favour of nuclear disarmament, AP reports from Kiev. Mr Kravchuk's decision throws open the field for the 26 June vote and places a question mark over the disarmament pact he signed last month with the United States and Russia.