Second round inevitable - ex-presidential candidate Tsarev

Ukraine's ex-presidential candidate, parliamentary deputy Oleg Tsaryov of the Party of Regions faction, said a second round is inevitable in the presidential elections.

Ukraine's ex-presidential candidate, parliamentary deputy Oleg Tsaryov of the Party of Regions faction, said a second round is inevitable in the presidential elections.

"Judging by the current vote, the second round is inevitable," Tsarev told Interfax by telephone on Sunday.

"I now that Kiev and western Ukraine are active and are approaching figures which I predicted as a presidential candidate," he said.

"Reports arriving from Kiev indicate that Poroshenko is leading. But I talked to activists from the Yulia Tymoshenko campaign staff, who claimed they are near to the figures they planned. Yet a second round is inevitable in any case," Tsarev said.

Asked about the outcome of the second round, if held, he remarked that voting will be more active, but did not provide further details.

"I am in Donetsk and I can say that elections are not being held in Donetsk. We - activists of the People's Front and of the South-West Ukraine movement, as well as a large number of organizations which oppose the Kiev leadership - are not participating in these elections. We do not recognize these illegitimate elections and, naturally, we will not recognize those who will come to power," he said.

Tsarev added that southeastern Ukraine will agree to hold talks with the new leadership on certain terms.

"These terms are: an end to the 'anti-terrorist' operation, the troops' pullback, constitutional amendments, recognition of Ukraine's neutral status, amnesty for those detained on political counts - 400 activists in all - and an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the current regime," he said.

Only if these terms are observed will a dialogue be possible to forge mutual understanding and to solve the problems, Tsarev said.

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