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Violence in Ukraine continues after Poroshenko's inauguration

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:30

June.8 - Further bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, despite the new president Petro Poroshenko's pledge to bring peace to the conflict-torn region. Sarah Toms reports.

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A ceremonial day in the capital of Ukraine for a new president. Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire confectioner took the oath of office and called for peace and security, saying he didn't want war or revenge. He stressed the unity of Ukraine, which is fighting a pro-Russian separatist uprising in the east, calling on insurgents to lay down their arms. Still, despite his inaugural speech, violence continued to flare in eastern Ukraine. Unceremonially in Donetsk, another body is placed on a stretcher before being taken to the morgue. It's Maxim Petrukhin, the aid of separatist leader Denis Pushilin. Petrukin was shot dead on Saturday. The car is riddled with bullets. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRIME MINISTER OF SELF-PROCLAIMED 'DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC', ALEXANDER BORODAI, SAYING: "They assume that it was a terrorist attack against Denis Pushilin's aide. However there could have been a mistake during the execution of this terrorist attack, because the victim looked very much like Denis Pushilin, and maybe he was mistakenly attacked because of this similarity." Poroshenko's peace plan may have been applauded in parliament but ending this violence and finding a solution to the crisis will be no easy task.

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Violence in Ukraine continues after Poroshenko's inauguration

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - 01:30