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"This is what our men are fighting for": Ukrainian widow ahead of vote

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:21

Residents of Lviv in Ukraine approach parliamentary election cautiously, with hope their votes might end conflict and bring meaning to the deaths of loved ones. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Posters on the streets of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv touting candidates for the upcoming parliamentary election. For some it holds out hope that it can end the conflict in the country that has killed more than 3,600 people. One of those was the husband of Olena Pasevych. She has her doubts about the election. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) OLENA PASEVYCH, WIFE OF SOLDIER IVAN PASEVYCH, SAYING: "I would like to believe in a miracle. But having seen the lists of those who are standing in the elections, I don't think that anything will radically change." She will nonetheless vote. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) OLENA PASEVYCH, WIFE OF SOLDIER IVAN PASEVYCH, SAYING: "I will go out to vote. In the end, this is what our men are fighting for and giving their lives for. It's done for our future." Some hope the ballot box will put an end to the fighting. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian), LVIV PENSIONER, VOLODYMYR, SAYING: "I expect that maybe because of the elections, this war in the east with our invader, so-called friend and elder brother who turned out to be the biggest enemy in the whole history of our Ukraine, will end sooner. Maybe it will put an end to this war, so the best people of our nation will not die." The elections will be held October 26 with the next parliament expected to be pro-Western and strongly nationalist.

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"This is what our men are fighting for": Ukrainian widow ahead of vote

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:21

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