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Stumbles on Ukraine; Final Debate Looms: South Korea Election

South Korean presidential candidates during a debate on Feb. 25.
South Korean presidential candidates during a debate on Feb. 25.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korea’s presidential race entered its final week with the two leading candidates facing criticism for comments they made over the Ukraine crisis, as they ready for their final debate Wednesday night.

It is also the final day to publish new polls ahead of the March 9 vote, which appears to be a neck-and-neck race between progressive Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party and Yoon Suk-yeol, the flag-bearer for the main conservative People Power Party.