'This Week' Ukraine Votes

ABC News' Alexander Marquardt reports on the Presidential elections in Ukraine.
1:13 | 05/25/14

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Now the crisis in Ukraine, where they're voting for a new president this morning, in the midst of what Vladimir Putin calls a civil war, Russian troops are still on the border and there are real fears about what happens next. ABC's Alex marquadt is on the ground with the latest. Alex? Reporter: Good morning, Martha. This is a momentous vote for Ukrainians. They want to elect someone who can end the chaos and reunite this country. There has been a strong turnout here in the capital kiev. But in the violent eastern part of the country, where the Ukrainian is trying to push down the insurgency, a vast majority of polling stations have been shut down. Election officials scared and threatened by pro-russian separatists. This is the first round of this election, which is expected to be won by pro-western billionaire, also known as the chocolate king for the candy empire that he runs.nb of course, also looming large over this vote is Russian president Vladimir Putin, who says a civil war is already raging in the Ukraine but showing signs of softening his stance saying he will work with Ukraine's next president. Martha? Our thanks to Alex in Ukraine.

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