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Ukraine’s Poroshenko Hopes for Peace, New Start in 2015

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Petro Poroshenko attends graduation ceremony at National University of Defense of Ukraine - Sputnik International
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The Ukrainian president described the outgoing year as the most difficult one in Ukraine's past 70 years that followed the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.

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KIEV, January 1 (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in his New Year's Eve address to the nation that the year 2015 will turn the page to the next chapter of the country's EU membership bid, which includes a wide range of reforms.

"The year 2015 will not be an easy one, and I believe it will go down in history as a year of in-depth reforms that will put us on track toward EU membership. It is our dream that we will make come true together. But today, I would mostly like to wish for a long-awaited and lasting peace," Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian president described the outgoing year as the most difficult one in Ukraine's past 70 years that followed the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.

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"We will win this patriotic war too," Poroshenko pledged, referring to the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine where pro-Kiev troops continued to clash overnight with pro-independence militia.

The most recent meeting between the warring parties took place on December 31 in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic. The talks were described as a regular meeting to correct military action plans.

The Contact Group's initial Ukraine meetings took place in Minsk on September 5 and 19, and resulted in a ceasefire agreement between Kiev and the two breakaway republics, although the parties have repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce.

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