"We came here to win"-Pro-Russian militant in Ukraine
Saturday, June 07, 2014 - 01:49
June 7 - Kramatorsk residents and militants unsure of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's proposals to stem violence in the country's east. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Inauguration day for Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.
He comes to power boosted by Western support -- but facing an immediate crisis of a separatists uprising in the east.
Poroshenko is promising peace -- but some separatists in Kramatorsk are not ready to give up the fight.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRO-RUSSIAN MILITANT, ALEXANDER MOZHAEV, SAYING:
"All of his suggestions about laying down weapons, and the chance to go back home peacefully is not for us. We didn't come here so that we could go home; we came here to win - to return to the orthodox people what belongs to them - not just to orthodox people, to all Slavs."
Poroshenko promised to visit the east with guarantees of Russian-language rights and proposals for decentralization -- an offer that comes too late for some.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KRAMATORSK RESIDENT, LILIA, SAYING:
"We don't have the same path as Poroshenko. This can't be east and west together, especially after Kiev supported the killing of people in Slaviansk and Kramatorsk. I think east and west cannot be together."
Others are keeping an open mind.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KRAMATORSK RESIDENT, VITALY, SAYING:
"What will happen? I really don't know. We hope for the best, definitely, but we'll see."
The uprising is not the only challenge facing Poroshenko.
He inherits a country on the verge of bankruptcy, still dependent on Russia for natural gas and rated by watchdogs as one of the most corrupt states in Europe.
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