Petro Poroshenko sworn in as president of Ukraine

Poroshenko approaching Ukraine's parliament. Credit: APTN

Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of his troubled country as government forces continued to battle pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Poroshenko inside the parliament, ahead of his inauguration. Credit: APTN

He will be Ukraine's fifth president since independence in 1991.

The ceremony featured singing by a traditionally dressed choir. Credit: APTN

During his inauguration ceremony in parliament, he took an oath to protect Ukraine's sovereignty and independence and to safeguard the rights and freedoms of its citizens.

Poroshenko. Credit: APTN

Poroshenko, who won a landslide victory after campaigning on the slogan "Live in a new way", is expected lay out a programme for restoring stability and moving Ukraine into the European mainstream.

Petro Poroshenko. Credit: APTN

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Poroshenko sworn in as president of Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in as president of Ukraine, after his victory in the May 25 poll. Yesterday, he met with Russian President Putin briefly, saying it could be the start of a new dialogue between the countries.