In spite of certain negative factors, including Russia's influence, the first round of the election in Ukraine should be considered successful. Dariusz Rosati, the European Parliament's representative in the international mission of observers on presidential elections in Ukraine said that. Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.
Polish professor of economics and a politician who is a member of the European Parliament since 2004, Rosati held a speech during the joint press conference in Kyiv; members of OSCE ODIHR, PACE Parliamentary Assembly, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament were present at the event.
'After all, despite all the negative factors, these elections did take place. Russia's influence is pretty big, but Ukraine stood tall,' he said.
The MEP added that the observers witnessed that there was a true competitive spirit among the candidates, although there were cases of using certain media to a candidate's own advantage and the cases of use of the administrative resource.
Rosati admitted that the factor of cyber attacks was a considerable one, too.
Volodymyr Zelensky enters the second tour of the elections with 30,46 percent of votes, while Petro Poroshenko, the current President of Ukraine, occupies the second place with 16,18% as the Central Election Commission reported after the procession of 70,61% of the protocols. Yulia Tymoshenko occupies the third place with 13,15% of votes.