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Sweet talker Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine President

Ukraine President, Petro Poroshenko met Vladimir Putin at the 70th D-Day memorial service in Ouistreham, western France. Poroshenko has reached out to the government opposition in the Ukraine, offering amnesty to those who did not commit crimes. However, he is not forgiving those who have committed crime including murder. While the EU and the US may have rolled over, accepting Russia’s takeover of the Crimea, Poroshenko has not accepted that as being concluded. What that means is that down the road, as the Ukraine is assisted in overcoming certain financial problems, the nation may live to be whole again.

Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin
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In fact, it is possible that the Ukraine can produce a sustainable economy. It is possible to overcome corruption. If it does those things, it is possible for the Ukraine economy to become more desirable and stronger than the Russian economy and government. If it does those things eventually, ethnic Russians living in the Ukraine may change their tune.

However, the gap between now and then is very large. The challenge is for the EU and west to outperform Russia that will be straddled by sanctions. Investing in the Ukraine has better prospects than investing in the Middle East, right?

“Petro Poroshenko sworn in as Ukraine president

Poroshenko promises amnesty 'or those who do not have blood on their hands'

The Associated Press Posted: Jun 07, 2014 5:22 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 07, 2014 5:22 AM ET

Ukraine's new president on Saturday called for dialogue with the country's east, gripped by a violent separatist insurgency, and for armed groups to lay down their weapons but said he won't talk with rebels he called "gangsters and killers."

Petro Poroshenko spoke in parliament after taking the oath of office and assumed leadership of a country mired in an uprising, severe economic troubles and tensions with its giant neighbour Russia.

The 48-year-old Poroshenko, often called "The Chocolate King" because of the fortune he made as a confectionery tycoon, was elected May 25 and replaces an interim leader who had been in office since Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in February after months of street protests against him.

The fall of Yanukovych aggravated long-brewing tensions in eastern and southern Ukraine, whose majority native Russian speakers denounced the new government as a nationalist putsch that aimed to suppress them.”

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