Reaction To Elections In Ukraine

A member of election commission stands among ballot boxes at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine, on 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.  - AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

A member of election commission stands among ballot boxes at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine, on 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.

AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

Reaction To Elections In Ukraine

On Sunday, in the first election since the toppling of the government, Ukrainians chose Petro Poroshenko as their next president. Diane and her guests discuss reaction to elections in Ukraine.

On Sunday, in the first election since the toppling of the government, Ukrainians chose Petro Poroshenko as their next president. The country’s new leader—also known as the Chocolate King—is no stranger to Ukrainian politics. He supports the pro-Western agenda rejected by his predecessor, and in his first public statement, Poroshenko said his priority is putting an end to the chaos of the last six months. This will be no easy task. Poroshenko will contend with continued pressure from Russia, instability in eastern Ukraine and an interim government that many view as illegitimate. Diane and her guests discuss reaction to elections in Ukraine.

Guests

Steve Pifer

senior fellow, Brookings Institution. He served as U. S. Ambassador to Ukraine from 1998 to 2000 in the Clinton administration.

Anders Aslund

senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Andrei Sitov

Washington bureau chief, Itar-Tass news agency of Russia.

David Herszenhorn

correspondent, The New York Times

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