Rinat Akhmetov

Ukrainians go to the polls [Editorial]

On Sunday, Ukrainians will go to the polls to choose a new president to replace Viktor Yanukovych, the head of government who was deposed by a popular uprising in February. Barring the possibility of a last-ditch effort to disrupt the polling by armed separatists in the eastern part of the country, or Russian meddling aimed at discrediting the results, the elections could produce a government that is recognized as legitimate by the rest of the world and representative enough of the country's various regions and political factions that all Ukrainians can have some confidence that their concerns will be addressed.

But those are some big ifs. The continuing presence of some 40,000...