Ukraine Votes in Favor of Independence; Kravchuk Elected President

The official results of the referendum in Ukraine showed that just over 90 percent of voters had approved the Ukrainian independence declaration of August 24, Radio Kiev reported on December 2. Early reports indicated that in Kiev nearly 93 percent voted in favor of independence, while in Donetsk Oblast, Odessa, and the Crimea the figures were, respectively, 70,75, and 54 percent in favor. In Lvov, in Western Ukraine, 80 percent of those who went to the polls voted for independence. In the presidential elections held at the same time, Chairman of the Ukrainian Supreme Soviet Leonid Kravchuk won 61.59 percent of the vote. Runner-up was Vyacheslav Chomovil, chairman of the Lvov Oblast Soviet, with 23.27 percent of the vote. He was followed by Vladimir Grinev (14.7 percent), Levko Lukyanenko (4.49 percent), Ihor Yukhnovskyi (1.74 percent), and Leopold Taburyanskyi (0.57 percent).