- A State Duma deputy has accused Western intelligence
of financing Ukrainian liberal challenger Viktor Yushchenkoís campaign,
and asked the Duma to address Ukraineís parliament to ignore ìprovocationsî.
- Alexei Ostrovsky, from the nationalist LDPR party, said
that a battle is going on in Ukraine ìnot for president, but for
a NATO military base there,î the Interfax news agency quoted him
- He asked the Duma to address Ukraineís Rada, which
is convening Tuesday to dispute election results handing victory to pro-Moscow
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, to ignore ìprovocations from Western
- However, Duma deputies, led by a communist MP, rejected
the initiative, saying it was too early to consider such an address. Only
48 deputies voted for the initiative, with a necessary minimum of 226 votes
for it to pass.
- CIS monitors had earlier called the Ukrainian elections
ìcompletely transparentî, after western monitors, including
the United States, the EU, and OSCE, panned the elections on allegations
of fraud, saying they did not meet democratic standards.
- President Vladimir Putin, however, has congratulated
Yanukovich ó whom he endorsed - with victory despite the disputed
results and challenger Yushchenkoís claims that he won.