Will 'respect' Ukraine vote, Russian says

U.S. skeptical of Putin vow

Posted: May 24, 2014 at 3:54 a.m.

A pro-Russia activist prepares to smash a ballot box Friday near a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine. Ukraine’s government has admitted that it will not be able to organize the voting in parts of eastern Ukraine, which is overrun with pro-Russia insurgents.

Russia will respect the result of Ukraine's presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday as fighting continued in the country's restive eastern regions two days ahead of the vote.

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