18:32 Jun. 17, 2016
'Brexit will seriously compromise the unity of the E.U. on the issue of sanctions [against Russia]' - MP Leshchenko
Politicians in Kyiv worry that a vote by Britain to leave the European Union would weaken the E.U.'s support for Ukraine and undermine its resolve to stand up to Russia.
"I do not think Brexit would lead to a U-turn on Ukraine, but it would be a serious stick to beat those who favor EU integration" Serhiy Leshchenko, a member of President Petro Poroshenko's faction in parliament, told Reuters.
His concern, ahead of Thursday's referendum, is typical of pro-Western Ukrainian politicians who hope to integrate their ex-Soviet country into the E.U. and distance it from Moscow.