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After Ukraine election, violence spikes in the east




Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko gives a press conference in Kiev after exit polls were announced on May 25, 2014.
Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko gives a press conference in Kiev after exit polls were announced on May 25, 2014.
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After Ukraine election, violence spikes in the east: Ukraine's success of an orderly election was short-lived as a violent attack at the Donetsk airport saw 40 people killed Monday.

Donetsk mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko said Ukrainian troops had repelled separatist rebels from seizing control of the country's second-largest airport. The continuing unrest in the east is just one of the challenges facing expected president-elect Petro Poroshenko. 

The billionaire businessman, who has prior experience in Ukrainian governments, won an estimated 54% of the vote. He has promised a peaceful end to the insurgency in the east, but also has likened the pro-Russian separatists to "Somali pirates."

Poroshenko says he is ready to start talks with the Kremlin. The advance was welcomed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, but Ukraine's acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said multilateral talks are not likely under current conditions.

Who is Petro Poroshenko and what is his history with Russian leadership? Will his election bring stability across Ukraine?

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests: 

Jane Harman, Director, President & CEO of the Wilson Center international affairs think tank; last week, Harman was an election observer in Ukraine;  former long-time California Congresswoman

Jamila Trindle, Senior Reporter for Foreign Policy magazine