Attention focused on the industrial city of Kharkov, near the Russian border, after voters in the eastern industrial regions backed Communists and socialists pushing for a renaissance of the old Soviet Union in the first round on 27 March. A quarter of candidates standing in the second round of voting are pro-Communist. National Democrats seeking closer ties with the West swept the first round in western Ukraine.
Ukrainians in 47 constituencies voted yesterday in a second round of legislative elections, the first since the country became independent in 1991, AFP reports from Kiev. Election run-offs are to be held in 354 other constituencies on Sunday.