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Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko Pledges ‘End to War’

BBC – Petro Poroshenko, who looks set to win Ukraine’s presidential election, says he wants to “end war and bring peace”.

Official results are expected on Monday but exit polls suggest the billionaire confectionary magnate has won the election with about 56% of the vote.

He said his first step as president would be to visit the eastern Donbass region where pro-Russian separatists have seized control in many areas.

He also said Kiev would never recognise Russia’s “occupation” of Crimea.

The election came three months after pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev amid bloody street protests and calls for closer ties with the EU.

Since then, Russia has annexed the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine and armed separatists in the eastern Donbass provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk have declared independence from Kiev.

Ukraine’s interim government is engaged in an offensive in the east to quash the uprising that has left dozens dead.

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