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The Ukrainian Presidential Election: Domestic and International Implications

11 February 2010 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


James Sherr, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Olexiy Solohubenko, BBC World Service
Chair: Roland Smith, Former British Ambassador to Ukraine



As anticipated, the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections produced no overall winner and a run-off will now be held on 7 February between Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko. The speakers will discuss the implications of the second-round result for Ukraine's domestic politics, and relations with Russia, the EU and the wider region. After an election campaign dominated by personalities over policies, how significant will the people's choice be for Ukraine's internal development and geopolitical orientation?

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