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Ukraine election: Your emails

BBC readers from Ukraine give their verdict on the presidential election, which sees Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych go through to a second round.

The incumbent and leader of the Orange Revolution, Viktor Yushchenko, was knocked out.

Ukrainian presidential candidates Yulia Tymoshenko (left) and Viktor Yanukovych
Voters must choose between Yulia Tymoshenko (L) and Viktor Yanukovych

I am not very impressed with these results because I am deeply against Mr Yanukovych (I remember 2004). I do not really like the pro-Russian policy of both run-off candidates. But, as Ukrainians are now saying, we must choose the least bad of the two. So the real candidate is Mrs Tymoshenko.
Grybok, Sergiy, Lutzk

I worked as an observer this election, my third (2004 and 2006 previously) and the quality of the work by the commissions was quite high, no systematic violations of any kind and few random/accidental ones. My feeling is that Ukrainian voters now have two equal evils to "choose" between, both of them quite anti-Ukrainian, in the sense that the preservation and prosperity of Ukraine as a country and culture is not on their radar, just the preservation of their power and property.
Lidia Wolanskyj, Yaremche, Ukraine

I defaced my ballot, effectively annulling it, and added a note to whoever will be counting the votes "No matter who wins the election, you, as citizens, have already lost it". It's simple, nobody who's in power in Ukraine has ever cared about the people, their good and their future. And the people, in turn, don't know how to make them care, but they still go to vote like sheep. They cannot defend their basic rights and are being abused by the authorities time and time again. It's a never-ending circle.
Bayan, Nikolaev, Ukraine

The elections were indeed held in a decent manner. My friends and relatives worked as observers for different candidates at the local election commission in Gurzuf, Crimea, and reported no violations. The turnout is surprisingly high and shows that the population is participating actively in political life despite the disenchantment with the Orange Revolution.
Yana Lapitskaya, Gurzuf, Crimea

I am a student at Vilnius University, but I pay keen attention to events in my homeland, Ukraine. I voted for Mr Yushchenko this time and in 2004 - and I don't regret it one bit. Ukrainian people don't seem able to analyse what is going on in politics.
Marina Delegan, Vilnius, Lithuania

Most of the people I meet agree that there is no worthy candidate in Ukraine who really wants to tackle corruption. I'm a graduate from medical school and I need to bribe to get work at the hospital.
Serj Shvernik, Kharkov, Ukraine

Although to onlookers it may seem fair enough I don't believe 'democracy' has ever had a place in our country. The technologies have become more refined so all those loudmouths can rig secretly, giving the impression of 'fairness' and 'openness'. Nothing will ever be fair in this country until all those who got used to being in power in the old day give way to the younger ones, to those who look to a better future and are not just looking out for themselves.
Anton, Kiev, Ukraine

Yushchenko's defeat comes as no surprise, but it cannot be seen as a victory for the candidates going into the second round, far from it. Call it a protest vote if you like, because the Ukrainian people have utterly lost confidence in their political leaders. None of the candidates is bringing anything new to the table.
Alenga David, Ternopil, Ukraine

Mr Tigipko surprised everyone by winning over 13% of the votes. I think his success is based on the right image strategy - that of a strongman. If Mr Yanukovych wins in the second round, I will emigrate with my family. I would be ashamed to live in a country with a former street criminal as president. But I am sure Tymoshenko is going to win.
Alexey Tsisar, Kiev

The low turnout of 66.7% (for Ukraine) shows no willingness to vote amongst the people. None of the candidates has a programme or team to lead the country, they care only about their own interests. After the Orange Revolution, Ukrainians are disappointed and have almost no hope that a "new" president could change anything for the better. So in the run-off on Feb 7, the majority will vote not for the candidate they support but against the candidate they least want to be president.
Olena Bogdan, Kiev, Ukraine

I would really like Sergiy Tigipko to win. I'm not sure about giving my vote to Tymoshenko next time, but I won't vote for Yanukovych for sure. Only grandmothers could believe him. He wouldn't be the one ruling the country, he is just a puppet. If he wins it will be five more years of confrontation and instability because the opposition will be very strong. We need someone new who will think differently and not divide our country along the old lines of East and West.
Yuriy, Lugansk, Ukraine

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