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Live Blog: Ukrainians Go To The Polls

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21 Jul 2019, 16:15 GMT+10

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Reupping a little bit of background reading from RFE/RL staffers on the elections today -- and Zelenskiy's future challenges.

Renewal Or 'Revanche'? The Buzzwords Of Ukraine's Parliamentary Elections Forecast Tension Following Vote

Parliamentary elections on July 21 are likely to put plenty of new faces in Ukraine's legislature. But some politicians say they're bracing for "revanche," warning that the return of figures from the Viktor Yanukovych era would risk a tilt toward Russia and a rollback of progress made after the Euromaidan protests that cast them out.

Zelenskiy Won Ukrainian Voters Over With Ease; Winning Trump Over May Be Tougher

At some point in the weeks after parliamentary elections that could bolster his authority at home, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will take a big trip abroad: to Washington. Zelenskiy shares a common background with Donald Trump -- a TV personality and political novice who tapped public discontent to win the highest office in the land -- but can he win over a U.S. president who has made his desire for warmer relations with Russia clear?

Wait, That's My Name: 'Clone Candidates' Fill Ukrainian Parliamentary Election Ballots

People who say imitation is the greatest form of flattery have probably never run for election in Ukraine. Candidates in the July 21 parliamentary vote are facing stiff competition not only from legitimate opponents, but from 'clone candidates' with identical or nearly identical names.

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Yes, polls are open across Ukraine.

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Good morning! Welcome to our special Ukraine election live blog. We'll be following all the news and reaction to the vote and pulling together the best of our coverage from our correspondents on the ground.

Polls are open now across Ukraine and close at 2000 Kyiv time. Official results are expected by Monday morning (Kyiv time), although we should have some idea of the outcome from exit polls before then.

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This ends our live blogging for July 20. Be sure to check back tomorrow for our continuing coverage.

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