Sunday, June 08, 2014

Ukraine’s new president calls for an end to war

By Carol Morello and Griff Witte, WashPost, June 7 at 3:33 PM

KIEV, Ukraine — As he was inaugurated as Ukraine’s new president Saturday, Petro Poroshenko proposed a cease-fire with pro-Russian separatists in the restive east and denounced a culture of corruption that has impoverished the nation.

Though he said relations with neighboring Russia must ultimately improve, he had harsh words for a country that he accused of fostering dissent by spreading propaganda.

And he vowed that Kiev would never accept Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, declaring that “Russia occupied Crimea, which was, is and will be Ukrainian soil.”

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