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Axworthy calls for western observers in Ukraine election

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Ukraine needs western monitors now, and lots of them, to ensure democratic reforms succeed in the May 25 election, University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy said from Kyiv this morning.

"There’s a need to start earlier; the pressure points are on now," said Axworthy, who is on a mission with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute.

Axworthy said it is clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending in agitators to try to disrupt the remarkable democratic movement in the country.

Ukrainians need a fair election "so Putin and his people can’t thwart the election, which is clearly what they want to do," Axworthy said.

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