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A large billboard in the streets of Kiev with the face of Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine and candidate in the 2019 elections, 26 March 2019, Celestino Arce/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Corruption, the rise of far right groups and threats to the press, the LGBTQI+ community and rights activists are some of the problems facing whoever wins the election on 31 March.

A former pilot talks to journalists outside the offices of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), in Kiev, 15 March 2018, Pyotr SivkovTASS via Getty Images

Attacks against female journalists started to increase once offenders saw there was little risk of being punished.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko follows the results of voting to impose martial law in the country during an extraordinary Parliament session in Kyiv, 26 November 2018 , Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On 27 November, Ukrainian lawmakers voted to impose martial law in ten regions that border Russia; under this special measure, the government has the power to restrict numerous basic rights including the rights to free expression and assembly.