Petro Poroshenko didn’t win the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. With the 80% of ballots counted his party was slightly behind the People’s Front of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Both are pro western parties but with different ideologies. The right-wing People’s Front got 21,9% of the votes and the Poroshenko Block got 21,6%.

The People’s Front has in its structure a Military Council with the heads of the volunteer battalions. A party with control over a paramilitary force is very dangerous seen from outside.

So there is an agreement with a pro western majority, counting with some minor parties, but not a so clear result regarding how to deal with the war in Donetsk and Luhansk, if with volunteer battalions whose loyalty and chain of command is not clear, or only with regular forces loyal to the State and the President with a clear chain of command.

Poroshenko, though, was optimist. “For the first time in the history of Ukraine, the ruling parties gained more than 50% of votes. It is impressing. It is the vote of trust the Ukrainian people gave to the political parties to immediately begin the process of reforms,” he said, and he expressed confidence that there would finally be a pro-European majority in the Parliament.

Russia accepted the results but the foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “one may hope – and we do hope – for a healthy, pragmatic and non-aggressive approach,” by the new authorities in Kiev, according to Itar Tass.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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