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Ukraine’s Poroshenko rejects martial law in east

June 4, 2014

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine’s president-elect says he opposes calls to institute martial law in the country’s troubled east, and supports peaceful solutions.

Petro Poroshenko spoke Wednesday in Warsaw after meeting with U.S. and European leaders during his first foreign trip since being elected on May 25.

He said martial law — a scenario suggested by interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov — would not serve peace efforts in the east. The country’s armed forces are fighting pro-Russian insurgents in the region.

Speaking in English, Poroshenko said he will use his inauguration day Saturday to make a proposal to restore law, order and peace. It would include a wide amnesty and the “creation of the conditions for early local elections” — part of efforts to reform Ukraine’s local administrations.

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