Ukrainians to vote in presidential poll today

Election officials putting up posters of Ukraine's presidential candidates at a polling station in Kiev yesterday. (AP)

Ukraine yesterday awaited the final showdown in presidential elections between two bitter rivals, each confident of victory, after a bruising campaign and warnings of street protests.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich are competing in today's run-off to become Ukraine's fourth president.

Five years after the Orange Revolution street protests overturned a disputed presidential election that had initially been awarded to Yanukovich, the candidates have traded allegations of plotting to rig the vote. The fiery Tymoshenko has threatened to call supporters out on the streets in a repeat of the Orange protests when tens of thousands flooded into Kiev's Independence Square.

 

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