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Ukraine's presidential election has effectively become a two-horse race after boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko pulled out and threw his weight behind chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko.
The withdrawal leaves Mr Poroshenko and former Ukraine prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko as the main candidates in May's snap presidential elections.
Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been embraced by her supporters after officially entering the race to be the country's next president.
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates wrote on Twitter:
Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko has pulled out of the race for president and chosen to back billionaire confectionery oligarch Petro Poroshenko.
Klitschko's withdrawal, and an announcement by Poroshenko yesterday evening that he would stand in the May 25 election, has drawn the battle lines between the man known as the "Chocolate King" and Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.
"The only chance of winning is to nominate one candidate from the democratic forces," Klitschko told a meeting of his political party.