(CNN) — In suspense, a nation listened to the Ukrainian President’s inaugural speech Saturday, hoping for answers to the question: Will there be peace?
“I don’t want war. I don’t want revenge,” Petro Poroshenko said after taking the oath of office. But then his talk turned tough.
He promised to meet anyone challenging Ukraine’s territorial integrity with military might. Alluding to a Biblical verse he said, “Who comes with the sword will fall from the sword.”
The statement was met with enthusiastic applause.
The country will build the means to do so, Poroshenko said, and re-arming the Ukrainian army must be a priority. “No one will protect us, if we do not learn to protect ourselves.”
He called for separatists in Ukraine’s east who have taken up arms against the government to lay them down and offered amnesty to those who “do not have blood on their hands.”
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