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Region's press eyes Ukraine deadlock
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Yushchenko supporters in Kiev

Papers on both sides of the divide in Ukraine are agreed that the country is facing difficult times after Sunday's presidential election, but differ over the way forward.

In neighbouring Russia, most dailies accept the victory claimed by Viktor Yanukovych, but say he will have to work with Viktor Yushchenko if he wants his presidency to succeed.


We must not surrender Ukraine to gangsters! - The government has resorted to unprecedented vote-rigging - turnout in eastern Ukraine was up to 104%! But despite all that, the majority of the voters supported Viktor Yushchenko... Let us defend our choice! Presidents must be elected, not appointed by gangsters!

Pro-opposition Ukrayina Moloda


Ukraine is being sucked into an extremely serious political crisis. And the future of Ukraine as a country depends on whether it will be solved... A substantial part of the country does not trust the Central Electoral Commission, and Ukrainian pollsters are all but discredited... There is no doubt that the argument over the outcome of the election will be taken to court.

Pro-government Den


The opposition's calls for protests can be seen as a coup attempt... If they are not happy with the outcome of the vote, let them appeal against it through the Ukrainian and European courts.

Pro-government Kiyevskiye Vedomosti


De facto, the country has already got a new president, even though the final results have yet to be announced. We'd like to believe that the country has received a powerful new impetus to move forward.

Pro-government Segodnya


There has never been such an acute political struggle in Ukraine. The elections are truly fateful. In the view of many political analysts, the citizens of the republic, in choosing between Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, have, amongst other things, also chosen the orientation they prefer - towards Russia or towards the West.

Russia's Trud


The gloomiest predictions are coming true. Ukraine has again been split in two along the already legendary dividing line. And now the president of all western and central Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, and the president of all eastern and southern Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, are demanding justice, in other words coronation.

Russia's Komsomolskaya Pravda


We knew the government would try to falsify the results of the referendum. But we know this will not help it.

Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta


The people who voted for Viktor Yushchenko are educated, rich and young. As a result, Yanukovych, like [Belarus President] Lukashenka, will be the president of the poor and elderly. But the Ukrainian opposition is ten times stronger than the Belarusian opposition. Yanukovych will definitely have to enter into talks with Yushchenko, who is the No 2 man in the country.

Russia's Gazeta


Yanukovych has the very unstable 'Russian factor' to deal with. 'Unstable' because in similar situations Russia has not once given any real or tangible assistance to the candidate which it supported originally, be it Milosevic, Shevardnadze, Abashidze or Raul Khadzhimba. As soon as events began to deviate from the planned scenario, Russia either withdrew of its own accord or betrayed 'its' people.

Russia's Sovetskaya Rossiya


The extraordinary public mobilisation in Ukraine cannot but evoke memories in Poland of the events of 1980 [birth of Solidarity]. As we did then, Ukrainians today are holding their heads high and are learning how to be citizens in their own country, how to say loud and clear: We, the people... And in their endeavour they must not remain isolated. We must show solidarity with our eastern neighbours.

Poland's Rzeczpospolita


Large numbers of Ukrainians have made it crystal clear that they are no longer willing to behave like a herd of tolerant sheep... The chances of reaching a compromise agreement with the opposition, which were quite realistic only a year ago, are now slim.

Czech Republic's Lidove noviny


BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.




SEE ALSO:
The press in Ukraine
18 May 04 |  Europe
The press in Russia
21 Sep 04 |  Europe
The press in Poland
29 Apr 04 |  Europe
The press in the Czech Republic
24 Aug 04 |  Europe


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