Women hold Ukrainian national flags as they pose for the picture at the APC of Maidan self-defence activists set on Independence Square in Kiev on May 23, 2014; two days ahead of the presidential election.
AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY
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Ukraine's president urged all voters to take part in Sunday's presidential election to "cement the foundation of our nation," even as pro-Russia insurgents battled government forces Friday in eastern Ukraine.In Russia, President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for plunging Ukraine into what he described as "chaos and a full-scale civil war". In a live televised address, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, who is not running, emphasized the importance of the vote to choose a new leader for Ukraine.Speaking Friday at an investment forum in St. Petersburg, Putin blamed the West for encouraging a "coup" in Ukraine, when the nation's pro-Russian president was chased from power after months of protests.Pro-Russian insurgents also have seized government buildings in eastern Ukraine and fought government troops for more than a month.
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