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After months of war fever over Ukraine, perhaps the biggest surprise is that citizens there will be voting to choose a new government in elections that observers predict will be free and fair in most areas.This electoral pathway for Ukraine seemed unlikely a few weeks ago, given Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and his covert campaign to destabilize Ukraine's eastern Russian-speaking areas. There were dire warnings of a new Cold War, and even of a ground war in Ukraine. Obama has made mistakes, especially in the Middle East, but his Ukraine policy mostly has been steady and correct.Ukraine's new government may pursue a similar nonalignment, judging from the leading candidate, billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko, who has pro-Western ties but also served in the Moscow-leaning government of deposed president Viktor Yanukovych.What seems to have slowed Putin's allies in Ukraine is similarly unconventional.Obama administration officials stress that this has to be Ukraine's choice.
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