Ukraine's pro-West parties in coalition talks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds his ballot at a polling station in Kiev, on October 26, 2014The pro-Western winners of Ukraine’s parliamentary poll were negotiating the formation of a ruling coalition Monday, but fighting with pro-Russian insurgents highlighted the obstacles to their promises of peace and close ties to the European Union. The day after pro-Western and moderate nationalist forces backing President Petro Poroshenko scored a big win in Sunday’s election, the hard work of coalition building began. Results with 60 percent of precincts reporting showed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc neck and neck with about 22 percent of votes each. A draft deal could be released by the end of Monday, said Yuriy Lutsenko from the Poroshenko Bloc, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

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