Ukraine holds presidential vote; rebels block it

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) —  The question of who was able to vote Sunday loomed large over the democratic process. Some 35.5 million Ukrainians were eligible to vote, but separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions — which have 5.1 million voters — have vowed to stop the vote.

Military operations at least appeared to halt for the day but little voting was taking place in the east: The regional administration in Donetsk said only 426 of 2,430 polling stations in the region were open Sunday, and none in the city of Donetsk, which has 1 million people. There was no voting in the city of Luhansk either, but some stations appeared to be open in the Luhansk region, according to local officials. Video and full story
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Caption: Pro-Russian militants smash ballot boxes in front of the seized regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Ukraine's critical presidential election got underway Sunday under the wary scrutiny of a world eager for stability in a country rocked by a deadly uprising in the east. While there were no immediate reports of violence, pro-Russia insurgents were trying to block voting by snatching ballot boxes and patrolling polling stations.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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