Poroshenko: 'Crimea was, is and will be Ukrainian'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that "Crimea was, is, and will be Ukrainian" but stated he does not want war or revenge, during his inaugural speech.

He said: "I don't want war; I don't want revenge. I want peace and I want peace to happen," Poroshenko told parliament after taking the oath.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been sworn in. Credit: REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

In his inaugural speech he said that he would offer a safe corridor for Russian fighters to go home and that he would "guarantee immunity to all."

He said: "Please, lay down the guns and I guarantee immunity to all those who don't have bloodshed on their hands."

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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.