The non-binding referendum is seen as a big test for European unity
Ukraine's future path towards Europe faces a massive test today as people in The Netherlands go to the polls. Voters are being asked to decide in favour and against the Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement, a broad political, trade and defence treaty.
Now, about 8,000 poll stations are open until 21:00 local time. According to Dutch law, campaigning is even permitted on the day of the ballot - so we're expecting a last-ditch attempt to sway voters.
The referendum itself is not just a test for Ukraine but for European unity. Supporters of the treaty say a 'for' result would enhance bilateral security, trade as well as Ukraine's fight against corruption.
The 'against' campaign has mirrored much of the Kremlin's rhetoric, while also warning against E.U. expansionism and more bureaucracy in Brussels.
Opinion polls vary - with any outright winner hard to predict. Turnout is expected to be low - about 30 to 40%.
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The result itself it non-binding but it is unlikely the outcome will be ignored - although the exact consequences of an ‘against' vote remain unknown.