Poll: Billionaire wins Ukraine presidential vote

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KIEV, Ukraine — An exit poll showed that billionaire candy-maker Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s presidential election outright Sunday in the first round — a vote that authorities hoped would unify the fractured nation. Long lines snaked around polling stations in Kiev for the vote but in Ukraine’s troubled east, heavily armed pro-Russia rebels intimidated voters by smashing ballot boxes and blocking off voting centers. Sunday’s ballot took place despite weeks of fighting in the sprawling eastern regions that form Ukraine’s industrial heartland, where pro-Russia insurgents have seized government buildings, battled government troops and vowed to disrupt the…

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