Ukraine's New Leader Vows Talks With Russia

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Ukraine's new president-elect promised Monday to negotiate an end to a pro-Russia insurgency in the east and said he was willing to begin talks with Moscow. Meantime the Kiev government launched airstrikes against separatists in Donetsk. (May 26)

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Donetsk, Ukraine - May 26, 2014

1. Wide of smoke rising from the airport

2. Open-topped truck pulling up carrying dozens of men in uniform, they are members of the "Vostok Battalion" a pro-Russia militia

3. Militia running away from truck, into woods by the side of the road

Kiev, Ukraine- May 26, 2014

4. Wide of Ukraine president elect Petro Poroshenko speaking as camera films him

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian president-elect: (see transcript)

6. Wide of election result announcement, with map on screen

7. Close of screen showing results for Petro Poroshenko (53.75, Yulia Tymoshenko (13.09%) and Oleh Lyashko (8.48%)

Donetsk, Ukraine - May 26, 2014

8. Wide of militia crossing road, gun shot heard

9. Wide of militia in forest

10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Denis Pushilin, Chairman of Donetsk People's Republic council : (see transcript)

Moscow - May 26, 2014

11. Wide of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and South Sudan's Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin in news conference

12. Wide cutaway of journalists

13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

Donetsk, Ukraine - May 26, 2014

14. Wide of soldiers getting out of van

15. Mid to close of soldier walking along barricades with a gun in hand

Kiev, Ukraine - May 25, 2014

16. Ukranian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko and his wife voting he shouts "glory to Ukriane" as he casts ballot

17. Wide of Poroshenko surrounded by press

18. Wide of Litschko brothers voting

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

AS THE KIEV GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED AIR STRIKES ON MILITANTS OCCUPYING THE AIRPORT IN DONETSK

THE COUNTRY'S NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT PETRO POROSHENKO PROMISED TO NEGOTIATE AN END TO THE PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENCY, SAYING HE'S WILLING TO BEGIN TALKS WITH MOSCOW.

SOUNDBITE (English) Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian president-elect:

"Russia is our biggest neighbor and because of the fact that stopping the war and bringing peace to the whole of Ukraine and bringing stability to the eastern part of Ukraine, that would be impossible without participation of Russian representatives.

CLAIMING VICTORY WITH 54 PERCENT OF VOTES MONDAY, POROSHENKO SAYS HIS FIRST STEP AS PRESIDENT IS TO VISIT THE DONBASS EASTERN INDUSTRIAL REGION_

WHERE PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS HAVE SEIZED GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS AND DECLARED INDEPENDENCE FROM UKRAINE AFTER WEEKS OF FIGHITNG.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Denis Pushilin, Chairman of Donetsk People's Republic council :

"We have introduced martial law. Occupants have set foot to our territory. Poroshenko said that he won't stop the so called anti-terrorist operation. What it means is illegal actions will continue."

RUSSIA QUICKLY WELCOMED POROSHENKO'S OFFER FOR TALKS BUT FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV SAID WITHOUT WESTERN MEDIATORS.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:

"What I wouldn't like very much is that the readiness for dialogue that he expressed be conditioned by reservations. Specifically, he mentioned that he would be ready for dialogue with us through the European Union and the United States."

LAVROV ALSO NOTED RUSSIA'S LONGSTANDING CALL FOR THE KIEV GOVERNMENT TO END ITS MILITARY OPERATION IN EASTERN UKRAINE.

THE ELECTIONS CAME THREE MONTHS AFTER PRO-MOSCOW PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH FLED THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING MONTHS OF PROTESTS.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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