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While the world's attention has been fixed on the voting in America, another significant election has been taking place. Also the closest of races, the Ukrainian election was scarred by even dirtier tricks and more dubious registration procedures than the one across the Atlantic. Like the US election, it was also the subject of close - in this case, perhaps too close - attention from abroad. And while its outcome may not decide the fate of the world, it will help to determine the future of Europe and its borders. Will Ukraine face east towards Russia or west to Europe? That is the question that voters will have to answer at the run-off in three weeks' time.

While the world's attention has been fixed on the voting in America, another significant election has been taking place. Also the closest of races, the Ukrainian election was scarred by even dirtier tricks and more dubious registration procedures than the one across the Atlantic. Like the US election, it was also the subject of close - in this case, perhaps too close - attention from abroad. And while its outcome may not decide the fate of the world, it will help to determine the future of Europe and its borders. Will Ukraine face east towards Russia or west to Europe? That is the question that voters will have to answer at the run-off in three weeks' time.

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