New Ukraine leader vows to restore control in east, Moscow offers dialogue




 
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May 26th, 2014  
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Topic: New Ukraine leader vows to restore control in east, Moscow offers dialogue


By Alastair Macdonald and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's next president pledged on Monday to restore control over the separatist east with a more effective military operation, and said he would meet Russian officials in a matter of weeks to secure their help in resolving the crisis. Moscow said it was ready for dialogue with Petro Poroshenko but he should scale back his armed forces' campaign in the east, where pro-Moscow gunmen have declared independence in two provinces. Ukrainians rallied overwhelmingly in Sunday's election behind Poroshenko, a billionaire owner of chocolate factories and political veteran, hoping the burly 48-year-old can rescue the nation from the brink of bankruptcy, civil war and dismemberment by their former Soviet masters in the Kremlin. His closest challenger, former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, secured just 13.1 percent and made clear she would concede.




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