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Ukraine President Faces Tough Realities At Home

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June 03, 2014 AT 12:43 PM
Ukraine's president-elect will likely have little trouble wooing Western leaders, including President Barack Obama, when he travels to Poland and France this week — many have already hailed the rise of the pragmatic, Western-leaning leader. For Petro Poroshenko, who takes office on Saturday, the real task will be grappling with a pro-Russia uprising sweeping Ukraine's east, and a political system dominated by grudging political allies and holdovers from the previous corrupt administration. That will mean proving to Ukrainians that his government is not a throwback to the corruption and political infighting that have long plagued Ukraine.