Ukraine elects a new president amid the most serious East-West crisis since the Cold War.
In the fast-developing situation following the uprising that led to his ouster -- and amid the storm created by Russia's annexation of the Crimea in Mar 2014 -- the obstacles to holding the vote for Acting President Oleksander Turchinovare are mounting. They include keeping Ukraine together politically and maintaining enough peace during the campaign and vote to be able to declare a credible result. The challenges also include saving Ukraine from economic freefall. Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine who was jailed by the previous administration but released in February on the eve of the overthrow of Yanukovych, has ruled out running for president. She is likely to be pressured to reconsider. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe plans to observe the election.
Date written/update: 2014-03-20