Members of a local electoral commission count ballots at a polling station after voting day in Kiev, October 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
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The pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll were negotiating the formation of a ruling coalition Monday, but fighting with pro-Russian insurgents highlighted the obstacles to their promises of peace and close ties to the EU.The day after pro-Western and moderate nationalist forces backing President Petro Poroshenko scored a big win in Sunday's election, the hard work of coalition building began.Kiev and its Western backers see the six-month uprising, and the March annexation by Russian troops of Crimea, as an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to cripple Ukraine.But Moscow says it is simply coming to the aid of Russian speakers who feel threatened by Ukraine's lurch toward the West.Radicals who rejected Poroshenko's peace deal with the insurgents did poorly, as did corruption-tainted politicians who had steered Ukraine through two decades of stuttering reforms.Despite the rise of relatively moderate parties, radical nationalists, including large formations of volunteer fighters, remain an important force in Ukraine.
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