Incumbent President Poroshenko might have been trounced nationally, but as of noon April 22, with 98 percent of the vote counted, he had won most of the votes of soldiers in the war zone.

But, as in the first round of voting on March 31, the win was a close one.

According to data published by Ukraine’s Central Electoral Commission, Poroshenko won in 46 out of a total of 79 special polling stations for military personnel in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, gaining a total of at least 17,379 votes, or 48.7 per cent, the Kyiv Post estimates.

His rival, candidate and now President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky won at least 16,489 voters, or 46.2 per cent, and won in 33 military polling stations.

Just over 35,000 soldiers and officers in the Donbas voted in the runoff elections.

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