Counting in Ukraine’s parliamentary election was ongoing as Socialist Worker went to press.
The result is likely to be a strong win for president Petro Poroshenko’s list.
The chocolate multimillionaire hopes to consolidate his power base. He wants to push through an ambitious package of free market reforms and stronger ties with the West.
Interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s nationalist People’s Front is predicted to come second.
The duo have been waging a war with separatists in eastern Ukraine, as part of a bigger clash between the West and Russia.
But the result is unlikely to decisively resolve the stalemate in the West’s favour.
Parties that traditionally represent oligarchs with Russian business ties and appeal to chauvinism did not do well.
There was no voting in the Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Many Ukrainians will look to the European Union as an alternative to corruption. And the western oligarchs also push reactionary Ukrainian nationalism.
But Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland Party also got a kicking—it shows the potential to build opposition to western oligarchs too.
Fearing instability, oligarchs in the east have come out to back a united Ukraine.
Different oligarchs and imperialist backers will do whatever is in their interests.
But workers both west and east have nothing to gain from Poroshenko’s win.