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Ukraine Election Crisis Erupts

A political crisis erupted here Monday as official results showed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich winning a bitterly contested presidential election, while opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko brought supporters into the streets to press his own claim of victory. Ukrainian security forces threatened a crackdown as tens of thousands of protesters massed in central Kiev chanting the name of the pro-Western opposition leader. Foreign observers — including President Bush’s personal envoy, Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) — condemned alleged election fraud, throwing their weight behind Yushchenko and his charge that the official count was wrong. Full Story

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