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“Ukraine election unlikely to bring change”

The forthcoming presidential election will not change the political situation in Ukraine dramatically, says Mikhail Dmitriyev, director of the Center for Ukrainian and Belarusian studies.

He says the turbulent times rooted in the Orange Revolution of 2004 are now over.

“Ukraine will enter a new phase of its political life – and this new phase will be much more stable and will bring us far less surprises,” he told RT.

Like many other political analysts he predicts there will be a second round to the election. Although it is Viktor Yanukovich who has the best chance in the first round, the analyst did not rule out the victory of incumbent Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko.

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