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President Obama congratulated Ukraine on its election Sunday, particularly citizens in the east who voted despite the efforts of "Russian-backed separatist groups" that "sought to disenfranchise entire regions."

In a written statement -- issued while Obama was making a trip to Afghanistan -- Obama said that "we commend the resolve of all those who participated, as well as the efforts of the Ukrainian government to conduct these elections in the face of those threats."

Early exit polls indicate a victory for chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko, who has pledged closer ties to the west.

Obama, who has authorized economic sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and other activities in Ukraine, said the election is a major step for Ukrainians who "have repeatedly demonstrated their desire to choose their leaders without interference and to live in a democracy where they can determine their own future free of violence and intimidation."

The United States will work with the new Ukrainian president and parliament, Obama said.

The president added: "We also continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, condemn and reject Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, and remain committed to working with Ukraine and other partners to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict."



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