Pro-Western parties are set to dominate Ukraine's parliament, handing President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to steer the country further out of Russia's orbit and into Europe's mainstream. Jillian Kitchener reports.
It's business as usual in Ukraine... but with a different tone, after parliamentary elections gave rise to pro-western parties. And with that, President Poroshenko is handed a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further into Europe's mainstream. Something most residents in Kiev are happy about: (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) KIEV RESIDENT, OLEKSANDR KUTSENKO, 60, SAYING: "I am satisfied because I voted for Poroshenko's Party. (REPORTER ASKING OFF CAMERA 'WHY?') I believe in his direction, in his achievements. He does everything for people. That's why I really appreciate it. And I believe that everything will be good in our country." But not without their fair share of challenges. The economy is in dire straits, and a ceasefire is barely holding in the east, between government forces and pro-Russian separatists. However, some political analysts say Moscow is losing its influence. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) POLITICAL ANALYST, VOLODYMYR FESENKO, SAYING: "Moscow's influence on the Ukrainian parliament will be lower now. There will be no communists, and there will be no direct Russia agents. Nevertheless, some people are hiding their views until some point." Final results from voting will not be known for days, but the exit polls show that Poroshenko is on his way to forging a strong coalition government.