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The US secretary of state, John Kerry, said that Sunday’s presidential elections in Ukraine sent a “clear message” that the country's people want to “live in a united, democratic and peaceful Ukraine anchored in European institutions”, Guardian reports.

Kerry said the US would work with the “newly elected president to build on this victory for democracy. We will support their efforts to determine their own future in a more united, secure, independent and prosperous Ukraine”.

In his statement, Kerry emphasized the generally positive findings of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which acted as the main external observer of the Ukrainian elections.

In a preliminary report, the OSCE found that despite the challenging security environment, particularly in the east of Ukraine where separatist militias have been active, there was high voter turnout of about 60% and polling stations were operated largely impartially, correctly and peacefully.

May 25, Ukraine held presidential elections. Billionaire Petro Poroshenko leads all candidates with 54%, the Central Elections Commission reported.