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Ukraine readies for new president amid glimmers of hope

Published on Jun 7, 2014 10:26 AM

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine will swear in its new president on Saturday, amid glimmers of hope for a solution to a crisis that has pitted it against its giant Russian neighbour.

Ukraine's new leader, Mr Petro Poroshenko, will take the oath in Kiev's parliament the day after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, widely seen in Ukraine as the country's nemesis, during World War II commemorations in northern France.

"The dialogue has begun, and that's a good thing," Mr Poroshenko said on Ukrainian television after the brief encounter.

He added that a Russian representative would travel to Ukraine for talks on Sunday amid the first bilateral steps towards resolving their differences.

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