Obama warns Russia, commends Ukrainians after elections
President Barack Obama on Monday congratulated the Ukrainian people on recent parliamentary elections as he warned Russia about alleged voting restrictions, Anadolu Agency reported.
"Despite a challenging security environment in certain regions, millions of Ukrainians turned out across the country to cast their ballots in an orderly and peaceful manner," Obama said in a statement.
"I commend the government of Ukraine for the conduct of the campaign and election day vote, which international monitoring organizations assess to have been largely in line with international standards," he added.
According to initial reports, pro-government parties received more than 50 percent of the vote. President Petro Poroshenko's party, Bloc Petro Poroshenko, is seen as the favorite in the elections. He is expected to form a coalition with Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenuk's People's Front party.
Ukrainians began to cast their votes at 8 a.m. Sunday in the volatile country and polls remained open for 12 hours.