People enjoy sunny weather at the bank of the Dnipro River in Kiev May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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As Ukrainians prepare for Sunday's presidential election, the message from Kiev's main square is clear – the new leader will be closely watched and the people could rise up again if they feel cheated.Three months after Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich fled the capital in the face of a street uprising, Independence Square, or the "Maidan," still looks like a war zone, bedecked with barbed wire and barricades, covered with tents and patrolled by khaki-clad "defenders" in no hurry to pack up. Poroshenko, a former government minister who was once allied to Yanukovich but backed the Maidan protests, is viewed as a pragmatic, experienced operator who will maintain Ukraine's tilt to the West while trying to mend shattered ties with Russia.On a May afternoon, the Maidan mood is relaxed.Kiev's – and the world's – attention is now firmly focused not on the Maidan but on eastern Ukraine, where troops are clashing daily with the separatists who have declared "people's republics" and say they want to join Russia.On the Maidan, views about Ukraine's probable next president are not very positive.
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