Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refused on Sunday to acknowledge her defeat, arguing that the exit polls that place her as the third most voted candidate in the presidential elections are suspect.
"I urge you not to take the exit polls as a supreme truth, it is dishonest and manipulative," Timoshenko said, appearing at his headquarters.
Tymoshenko, who according to the polls would achieve around 14% of the vote, called on his supporters to copy the protocols of each school to carry out a parallel recount.
"I ask them to go to the schools and defend the result until the end, let's fight for each vote," he said.
According to the exit polls conducted by the party of Timoshenko, Batkivschina (Homeland), in more than 18,000 polling stations, the actor Vladimir Zelenski would win with 27%, while she would be second with 20.9%
Therefore, Timoshenko would go to the second round instead of the president, Petro Poroshenko, his staunch enemy since the times of the Orange Revolution of 2004.
"The country is looking forward to the change, expect the mafia that is in power to leave and in Ukraine start a real reconstruction," he said.
Meanwhile, the deputies of his party did not hesitate to ensure that the exit polls announced by the media had been "an instrument of manipulation."
According to the TSN company, Zelenski won 30.1% of the vote and Poroshenko 18.5%, according to the Ukrainian television channel 1 + 1.
Other polls taken after leaving schools whose results were reported by other Ukrainian media confirm the clear victory of the actor ahead of the current president.
In line with current legislation, Zelenski will fight with Poroshenko within three weeks with the Presidency of the country in play.
Timoshenko, 58, was the leader of the Orange Revolution in 2004, which allowed her to assume the post of prime minister, although she resigned shortly after half a year due to her confrontation with Poroshenko, the main leader of the then president, Viktor Yushchenko.
He tried to assume the Presidency in 2010, when he lost to Viktor Yanukovych, who would be overthrown in the Maidan Revolution four years ago, and in 2014, when he was beaten by Poroshenko.
More than 34 million Ukrainians were called to the polls, although some five million residents in the territories controlled by the pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Lugansk provinces were unable to exercise their right to vote.