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Published: Saturday June 7, 2014 MYT 4:20:02 PM
Updated: Saturday June 7, 2014 MYT 4:21:12 PM

Poroshenko calls on separatists to lay down their arms

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called in his inaugural speech on Saturday for separatists in the east of the country to lay down their arms, and said he would guarantee a safe corridor for Russian fighters to go home.

"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.

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

(Reporting by Richard Balmforth and Lidia Kelly; editing by Mark Trevelyan)


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