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    Inaugural address of Ukraine's new President

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     MaiaKiev shared a photo that was released by the Ukrainian Presidential press service on June 7 of newly elected President Petro Poroshenko lighting a candle in Saint Sophiya cathedral in Kiev. She says there has been some change after the elections ended. For the people who participated in the protesting, she says the elections seemed to give people closure. 'When ex-President Yanukovych fled the country in February, there was no sense of celebration because people were grieving the heroes who lost their lives in clashes with the riot police. Now there is a sense that we finally accomplished what we were hoping for,' she explained. 'The greatest expectations Ukrainians have from new President is to bring peace and to keep Ukraine united.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko setting a candle in Saint Sophiya cathedral in Kiev on June 7th, after inauguration.

    Poroshenko, a 48-year-old billionaire, was sworn in as Ukraine's fifth President today, vowing to maintain the unity of Ukraine amid a continuing crisis with Russia. Poroshenko won the presidential election on May 25 with 54.7 percent of the vote.

    In his inaugural address today Petro Poroshenko highlighted priorities of Ukraine's development - restoring peace; keeping unity of Ukraine, a country with one state language - Ukrainian - and freedom to use Russian regionally.

    The long-term future of Ukraine is with Europe. The second part of EU association will be singed soon and in the future Ukraine will become a member of EU. The dialogue with Russia will be reestablished, but Crimea will not be an issue of negotiations. Crimea is a part of Ukrainian territory and should be returned to Ukraine.

    Poroshenko is supporting the idea of parliamental-presidential state to prevent in the future usurpation of power by one person.

    Other priorities are strengthening of Ukrainian army, fight with corruption, creating new jobs.

    During his speech President Poroshenko switched from Ukrainian to Russian language twice, addressing especially people in the Eastern Ukraine.

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