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  Putin’s big Ukraine win
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 18, 2019 11:00pm
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AuthorMatthew Karnitsching
News DateFriday, April 19, 2019 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionKIEV — Meet the presumptive victor of Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine: Vladimir Vladimirovič Putin.

By all indications, comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy will beat incumbent President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday. Polls suggest a landslide, with the upstart winning as much as 75 percent of the vote.

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Yet make no mistake, no matter who comes first, the real winner will be sitting in the Kremlin.

Ukraine's carnival-like campaign, featuring an incumbent who turned up on live television for a one-man "debate" and a challenger many voters appear to have confused with the character he plays in a hit television series, painted Western-style democracy as what Putin has always said it is: a farce.

It's unlikely Putin really even cares who wins. Ever since he snatched Crimea from Ukraine and began supporting the separatist war in the east of the country, his goal has been to destabilize Russia’s large neighbor, to make it dysfunctional.
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