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Porshonko Vows to Avert Civil War in Ukraine
Jun 10, 2014

Western-backed chocolate tycoon Petro Poroshenko vowed to avert civil war and mend ties with Russia after being sworn in as Ukraine’s fifth post-Soviet President with the nation facing disintegration and economic collapse.

Poroshenko took the oath of office one day after holding his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin since a May 25 election victory entrusted him with taming a bloody crisis that has shaken the post-Cold War order and redrawn Europe’s map.


The 48-year-old Poroshenko first asked a packed session of Parliament to pay a minute of silence for the 100 people killed in three days of carnage in Kiev that led to the February ouster of Ukraine’s Russia-backed regime.


Then he vowed to give an amnesty to any insurgents who had no blood on their hands as the first step in a peace initiative designed to save the nation of 46 million—which saw its Crimea peninsula annexed by Russia in March—from splitting further along ethnic lines.


He said, “I am assuming the presidency in order to preserve and strengthen Ukraine’s unity. The citizens of Ukraine will never feel the blessing of peace and security until we resolve our relations with Russia.” But he also added that he would never accept Russia’s seizure of Crimea or attempts to divert his pro-European course. Crimea will remain a part of Ukraine.


His oath takin ceremony was attended by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy along with more than 20 other dignitaries. But Russia was only represented by its acting ambassador to Ukraine.


Poroshenko is one of Ukraine’s more experienced politicians who held senior cabinet posts under both the Western-leaning government and the Russian-friendly leadership.


 


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