Preparations are underway in Ukraine for the inauguration ceremony of new president Petro Poroshenko on Saturday.
Many of Kyiv’s streets damaged during months of protests in the winter have been cleaned up or fixed.
Meanwhile, in the Ukrainian parliament MPs are asking themselves whether Poroshenko, who has strong ties with all sides in the country, can settle the current crisis.
“There are many people in the Party of Regions who respect him, after all, he was one of its founding members. I think it’s possible Poroshenko could reconcile Ukraine’s east and west. He could become a peacemaker,” said Hanna Herman, MP for the Party of Regions.
Among the international guests expected to attend the inauguration ceremony in Kyiv are US Vice President Joe Biden and the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.
In a move that could spell the beginning of an improvement in relations with Moscow, the Russian ambassador to Ukraine will attend the inauguration .
Euronews’ correspondent in Kyiv, Angelina Kariakina, said: “Settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine will become a top priority for the new president. However, many here are demanding that Poroshenko introduce structural reforms in the country. In order to do that he would need a strong team and a new parliament which means fresh elections would have to be called.”