Ukrainians voted in Presidential elections at gunpoint and accompanied by special forces. The Ukrainian government brought armoured vehicles and armed security officials to the streets in order to morally influence Ukrainians during the elections. Ukrainians themselves regarded this as an attempt to intimidate disloyal citizens and to demonstrate the readiness of the regime of Petro Poroshenko to intervene in the elections with force.
In the second round of Presidential elections Poroshenko will organise even more falsifications, than in the first round. He has no other choice. That is why the Russian Parliament will suggest not recognizing the elections.
Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about the Ukrainian elections.
According to the OSCE, during the first round of the Ukrainian Presidential elections fundamental freedoms were generally respected, and candidates could campaign freely, but numerous indications of vote-buying and the misuse of state resources undermined the credibility of the process. Election day was assessed positively overall, and paved the way to the second round.