says: ‘[U]nfortunately for those who like happy endings, the wrong person won.
‘ Mary Dejevsky
writing in The Independent, on the other hand, applauds what looks like progress: ‘In this election there was no high-profile electioneering by Russia or by the United States. Nor did any new gas dispute with Russia rear its head […] this was an election between Ukrainians, not cold-war proxies, campaigning on Ukrainian issues.
‘ The New York Times
suggests that the elections, hailed by EU monitors as an ‘impressive display
‘ of democracy, are a threat to the ‘Kremlin blueprint
‘. A Washington Post editorial
notes: ‘The fact that Mr. Yanukovych, the apparent winner of the runoff, was Mr. Putin’s candidate in 2004 while Ms. Tymoshenko was a leader of the Orange coalition has produced understandable but false reports of the revolution’s demise.
Despite the EU monitors’ conclusion of a fair result, Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc plans to contest the results in court
. The Economist praises her result
: ‘[…] given the desperate state of the Ukrainian economy which is fast running out of money to pay public wages and pensions, Ms Tymoshenko did better than might have been expected.
‘ State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov, meanwhile, says it’s too soon to congratulate Yanukovych
on a win. ‘I remember that in the runoff five years ago Yanukovych had better results than now, so I think it would be right to put off the question of congratulations until the inauguration,
‘ he said.