Tensions Surround Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 82)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News On October 26, parliamentary elections were held in much of Ukraine — including long-embattled areas in the east. Wary of interference from separatists, armed guards manned polling stations and escorted completed ballots to ensure their safety. Turnout in the region was low, however, as residents appeared reluctant to vote. And in the rebel-held Donetsk People’s Republic, elections weren’t held at all — on November 2, pro-Russia separatists there will hold their own elections in hopes of legitimizing their self-proclaimed republic. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky spent Election Day visiting candidates, polling stations, and an electoral commission to find out how the political process was progressing amid the heightened levels of tension. Follow @simonostrovsky on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/SimonOstrovsky Follow @Henry_Langston on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Henry_Langston Check out “Crimea: A Look Inside the New Russian Territory” – http://bit.ly/1mjdFuH Click to watch “The Donetsk People’s Republic” – http://bit.ly/1wLO6vN Click to watch “Greater Autonomy for Separatists Might Signal War’s End: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 81)” – http://bit.ly/10yUjOn Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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