"An observer mission from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Ukraine's presidential election was held in line with international standards."
Kiev, May 26 - Ukrainian chocolate king Petro Poroshenko, who took a strong and decisive lead in the recent presidential election, Monday outlined a comprehensive plan for solving the prolonged crisis in Ukraine.

The plan, unveiled by Poroshenko during a briefing here, includes provisions to end violence in the eastern region, harmonise relationship with Russia, forge ties with the European Union (EU), and resolve the dispute over the status of the Crimean peninsula, Xinhua reported.

The 48-year-old Poroshenko said that establishing a dialogue with the protestors in the east was the top priority for him.

Declaring that his first trip would be to the eastern part of the country, Poroshenko pledged to change the format of the government's anti-terror operation and grant the Russian language the status of official language in the region in line with the protestors' demands.

The Ukrainian presidential poll frontrunner also voiced his hope to meet the Russian leadership in the first half of June to discuss a solution to the crisis in his country, saying that Moscow's assistance on this issue was crucial for Kiev.

We have to stop the war and bring peace throughout Ukraine and return the stability to the eastern part of the country. It is impossible to do that without Russian assistance, Poroshenko told reporters.

He reiterated Ukraine's commitment to following the course for integration with the EU, saying that he was planning to hold talks with European officials in early June.

Speaking of the referendum in Crimea, which resulted in the peninsula's affiliation with Russia, Poroshenko emphasised that he will never recognise the vote and said he would do my best to seek the return of Crimea.

In his speech, Poroshenko also pledged to attach great importance to the fight against corruption and development of Ukrainian energy independence during his presidency.

Earlier in the day, Poroshenko voiced his intent to hold early parliamentary elections and keep Arseny Yatsenyuk on the post of the country's prime minister.

Preliminary official results put Poroshenko clearly in front in Ukraine's presidential election. He has won 53.72 percent of the vote, followed by ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 13.09 percent and Oleh Lyashko with 8.47 percent, according to the Central Electoral Commission.

An observer mission from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Ukraine's presidential election was held in line with international standards.

These elections confirmed the democratic course of the Ukrainian people, Joao Soares, coordinator for the OSCE mission, told a press conference.


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