Petro Poroshenko Sworn in as Ukraine President
Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko was sworn in during an inauguration ceremony on Saturday.
The ceremony at the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) was attended by a number of foreign delegations, including US Vice President Joe Biden and Russia's Ambassador to Ukraine, the BBC reported.
During his inauguration speech, the 48-year-old confectionery tycoon vowed to end the war in Eastern Ukraine and unite the country.
Poroshenko, who won the May 25 elections with 54.7% on the first round, is seen by the international community as a hope for bringing peace to Ukraine. Furthermore, Russia has recognized his legitimacy and expressed openness to hold talks with the new president.
Nonetheless, Poroshenko has clearly stated that Crimea remains part of Ukraine, despite the controversial referendum for joining the Russian Federation.
Clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels continued on Friday around the city of Slaviansk. The Interior Ministry reported that one police officer had been killed and two more seriously injured during a mortar attack.
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To use an EU expression, the facts on the ground have changed, Crimea has rejoined Russia by popular vote, it should never have been split from Russia.
France recognises this as the ships France are building are going to be operated out of the Crimean Ports
The Crimea is part of the Russian Federation, a vast majority of people in Crimea voted for this.
The West accepts this as well, they made a lot of noise and imposed stupid ineffectual sanctions so that shows that they accept the results of Crimean democracy.
Your inauguration speech is a lie.
The Crimean people voted to join the Russian Federation, the Russian Parliament voted to accept their decision and the Crimea is now part of the Russian Federation.
That is democracy and international diplomacy at work.
If you want peace in the Ukraine disarm the Right Sector Facists, you will not do this because you are afraid of them.