Poroshenko pleads Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine

Poroshenko pleads Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine
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During a visit to Australia on Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pleaded with Russia to withdraw its troops from his country and close to the Ukraine-Russia border.

"Please withdraw your troops from my territory. Please close the border. And I promise if you close the border, within one, two, three weeks, we have peace and stability in Ukraine. Very simple," Poroshenko said in a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine is engaged in the war not just seeking for its independence and territorial integrity, but for freedom, democracy and peace as well.

He said that all civilized world, European Union, Australia, Canada, USA and Japan stand together with Ukraine.

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