Hundreds of Ukrainians choosing president in Czech Republic


25.05.2014 16:22

Prague - Hundreds of Ukrainians are queuing up outside the embassy in Prague where they have been able to cast their vote for a new president since 8:00 CEST today, while no incidents have been registered, Prague police spokeswoman Hana Jerabkova told CTK.


Stovky Ukrajinců čekaly 25. května ve frontě před ambasádou v Praze, kde volili svého prezidenta. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

Ukrainians staying in the Czech Republic can also vote at the Ukrainian consulate in Brno until 20:00 today.

Ukrainians are one of the strongest ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic. A total of 14,437 people have been registered in Prague and another 3,268 in Brno.

The calm situation in both Prague and Brno fundamentally differs from the turbulent developments in the east of Ukraine, where separatists have blocked voting in a majority of election wards. In the central and western regions of Ukraine no incidents have been reported.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said on public Czech Television (CT) today he believes the presidential election will improve the situation in Ukraine.

He said Russia indicates that it is ready to accept the new president.

"This gives a chance to create a much more favourable environment (in Ukraine) in the future," Zaoralek said.

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