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Ukraine voters out in force but rebels thwart polls in east

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Ukrainians thronged to the polls Sunday to elect a president who could avert civil war and financial ruin, facing a bloody pro-Russian insurgency that halted voting across the separatist east. 

People cast their ballots at a polling station in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on May 25, 2014

The ex-Soviet nation on the EU's eastern frontier is fighting for its very survival after Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to the popular overthrow of a Kremlin-backed leader by seizing Crimea, parking thousands of troops on the Ukraine border and backing an uprising in the east.

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