Ukraine Crisis

Why a 'Star Wars' Emperor Won Office in Ukraine

In local elections, voters made clear their fatigue and dissatisfaction.

Making themselves heard.

Photographer: Aleksey Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Less than two years after Ukraine's "revolution of dignity," local elections on Sunday handed power in the south and east to former supporters of the ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych,. The vote also created sizable ultranationalist factions in a number of local legislatures, including in the capital. The election proved voters' growing mistrust of the political class, which was only partially reshaped by the revolution, and revealed a disappointed nation that still is divided along an east-west line.

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