" this was difficult, I have not decided yet, it may be at the last moment, sighs Raisa Minina, 82, when she rests against his walker outside a polling station on the Chrusjevskagatan in the centre of Kiev. She is a former structural engineer and comes from Melitopol in southern Ukraine.
"I have actually thought of me to vote on Porosjenko, but now I don't know really, the country still feels so divided," she says.
the president of Ukraine since the summer of 2014, which was the one who gathered together the fragmented nation which at that time was under military attack from Russia and who has received a part of its territory annexed.
Porosjenko is one of three candidates appears to have a chance to move on to the crucial second round of three weeks.
12 o'clock local time will Porosjenko surrounded by a swarm of security guards and vote right here, and on the journalists ' questions on what he voted on his answer: ”Ukraine!”
To have Porosjenko two heavyweight candidates:
, an entertainer and comedian who has no previous political experience. Zelenskyj lead is clear in all the polls, and looks to be able to be sure to be one of the two that go to the second round.
The second is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister and business owners within the gas sector, which is pushing a populist agenda.
She seems to have fallen behind in the measurements, and thus it is not unlikely that it will be Porosjenko that stands against Zelenskyj in shortlisting the 21 april.
other candidates. One of them is Ihor Smesjko, a former head of the SBU, Ukraine's security service. He finds himself on the 2-per-cent level in the different measurements.
"Him I intend to vote on," says Raisas husband Boris Minin, 82, and helps her up the stairs to the polling station.
A young woman who does not want to disclose his name says that she is unsure and not decided.
" Many believed in the Porosjenko, but it is difficult to support a candidate who has not met our hopes. So also feel many of my friends, " she says.Konstantin Yevtushenko, 35, here with the kids, Dar, 4, and Alicia, 2, in front of the polling station. Photo: Michael Winiarski
working with it on a innovationspark outside Kiev, however, appears to Porosjenko still have support.
" this is a superviktig day for our country. Sure, we have gone through many difficulties, but we are on the right path. I like the direction the country goes against, the EU and the West. We are no longer so divided as we were ten years ago, when half of the electorate were pro-Russian and half proukrainska.
particularly worried about the prospect that the next president will be named Volodymyr Zelenskyj.
" He is a typical Ukrainian phenomenon. He seems smart, but know nothing about politics and government. What is crucial is which team he gathers around him. However, if Tymoshenko wins, it would be a disappointment. Her style when she was prime minister, was discouraging.