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Ukraine Leader: Predecessor Trying to Derail Peace Process

Demonstrators greet former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) in central Kyiv Oct. 6, 2019, during a protest against broader autonomy for separatist territories, part of a plan to end a war with Russian-backed fighters.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused his predecessor on Thursday of fomenting protests to derail a peace process for the country’s separatist-held east and said talks with Russia were the only way to end the five-year war there.

Zelenskiy told reporters that Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent leader he defeated in April, was “pushing” people to oppose the withdrawal of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine, where fighting against Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.

“He is against the pullback and he thinks that he can spearhead another Maidan,” Zelenskiy said, referring to the square in the capital of Kyiv that read more >>>

Source:: VOANews.Com