Madeline Albright, chairman of the U.S. created National Democratic Institute who led a team of international observers in Kiev on election day, said Ukrainians have shown the world their commitment to sovereignty, unity and democracy. (May 26)
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Kiev, Ukraine - May 26, 2014
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Madeline Albright, former US Secretary of State:
"My general impression is that the voting went very well, that people were very calm and deliberate and determined, and proud that they had their dignity."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Madeline Albright, former US Secretary of State:
"What needs to happen is to make clear that there is a determination to include the people of the east - Donetsk and Luhansk - and a part of Ukraine that has another chance, and that the worst thing that can happen is to focus constantly just on the fighting, and think about the importance to bringing the country together."
Ukrainians have achieved a democratic milestone and shown the world their commitment to sovereignty, unity and democracy, former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright said in Kiev on Monday.
Albright is the Chairman of the US-created National Democratic Institute and led a team of international observers visiting polling stations in Kiev on election day.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Albright said the presidential election went well and was democratic.
"My general impression is that the voting went very well, that people were very calm and deliberate and determined, and proud that they had their dignity," she said.
Upon claiming victory in Sunday's vote, Poroshenko said his first step as president would be to visit the Donbass eastern industrial region, where pro-Russia separatists have seized government buildings, declared independence and battled government troops in weeks of fighting.
Poroshenko, known for his pragmatism, supports building strong ties with Europe but also has stressed the importance of mending relations with Moscow.
Albright said that will not influence the Ukraine's relations with the US.