Ukraine votes in key parliamentary election
28 October 2012 Last updated at 08:22 GMT
Ukrainians are voting in a parliamentary election Western officials are billing as a litmus test of its democratic credentials.
Polls opened at 0800 (0600 GMT) and pit a main opposition grouping against President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions. Mr Yanukovych has been criticised in the West for the jailing of his main rival, former PM Yulia Tymoshenko.
A number of smaller parties are aiming to capitalise on disillusionment.
Bill Hayton reports.