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Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko, who has received a strong mandate to advance Ukraine in the path of reforms and turn Ukraine into the modern and democratic country its citizens call for, was inaugurated as Ukraine’s new president in Kiev today on June 7, 2014. The clear majority awarded to him in the elections, highlighted the resolve of the Ukrainian people to bring stability back to their country and overcome the challenges it has been facing.

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As Mr Petro Poroshenko took the oath as Ukraine’s new president. “The return of Ukraine to its natural, European state has been long-awaited by many generations. Dictatorship that ruled Ukraine in recent years sought to deprive us of this prospect – people rebelled. Victorious Revolution of dignity has not only changed the government. The country has changed. People have changed”, said Mr Poroshenko.

Poroshenko said a peaceful resolution to the war is a necessary foundation for political and economic progress, and he called for early elections in parliament and the eastern provinces. He said he would seek full membership in the European Union and sign an agreement that would allow Ukrainians to travel visa-free throughout the union.

The European Union continues to support Ukraine in the process of reform to deliver a stable, prosperous and democratic future for its citizens. “Today we have new chances for hope”, said . European Council Herman Van Rompuy on the inauguration of Mr Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s President,. Adding “The European Union will be at Ukraine’s side and remains ready to work with those that share these objectives of democracy, prosperity and stability. A united and decentralised country where all will find their place and different identities and minorities will be acknowledged and respected.” Deep and comprehensive economic reforms linked with deep and comprehensive free trade with EU gives Ukraine historic chance for a new start.

Inclusive and comprehensive dialogue will no doubt be an important part in leading forward this process of transformation. “All neighbours stand to benefit from a return to stability in Ukraine and the promotion of growth and development. All neighbours also need to respect its sovereign choices, including stronger ties with the European Union, and its territorial integrity.

Poroshenko took office shortly after 10 a.m., arriving in the back of an ordinary black sedan with no police escort. He walked up the blue-carpeted stairs to the chambers of Parliament and took his oath of office with his hand on a 16th-century illuminated Bible that is considered a national cultural treasure. Mr Poroshenko’s assumption of the presidency represents a crossroads moment for this country of 45 million people, and Poroshenko’s inauguration offers a glimmer of hope to those seeking to avoid a full-blown civil war.