June 7 - New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vows to unite Ukraine, while keeping the country on a path to Europe and refusing to give up Crimea. Nathan Frandino reports.
Wasting no time at his presidential inauguration, Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko walks into parliament determined. After a strong show of support among his new colleagues, he vows to unite the country and offers his vision for resolving the crisis with Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "The head of state has a wide range of tools to protect the territorial integrity and peaceful lives of its citizens. There will be no lack of power and decisiveness. But I do not want war. I'm not looking for revenge. However, the sacrifices paid by the Ukrainian people are in front of my eyes." Ukraine is in a bloody battle with pro-Russian separatists in the east. The armed separatists want federalization and say they will not give up. Poroshenko wants to focus on peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "I will make Ukraine united. That's why I am beginning my work with the offer of a peace plan. I emphatically call on everyone who took weapons in their hands illegally to lay them down." He also says peace requires Russia's participation. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "Ukrainian citizens will not be able to enjoy the fruits of peace and security until we regulate our relations with Russia." Lastly, he vows to sign a deal bringing closer relations with Europe, which his predecessor had rejected, sending the country into chaos. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "We are people who have been torn away from our big motherland - Europe - and we are finally and irreversibly coming back to it. Peace to all of us, and let God bless us. Glory to Ukraine." Poroshenko has a lot riding on his country's future. Whether he fulfills his pledges remains to be seen.