Poroshenko claims victory in Ukraine presidential vote

Chocolate businessman wants closer ties with EU

(ANSA) - Rome, May 25 - Chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko on Sunday claimed victory in Ukraine's presidential elections after exit polls suggested he had taken over 55% of the vote to prevail in the first round. Poroshenko has pledged to pursue closer ties with the European Union and restore peace in eastern regions where government forces are in conflict with pro-Russian separatists. The separatists severely disrupted voting in many parts of the east, including the city of Donetsk, where no polling stations were open.
   

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