Preparations are underway in Ukraine for the inauguration of new president Petro Poroshenko on Saturday.
Many of Kyiv’s streets damaged during months of protests in the winter are being cleaned up or fixed.
In the Ukrainian parliament, MPs are asking themselves whether the new president, who has strong ties with all sides in the country, can settle the the current crisis.
“Poroshenko will try to reach an agreement with Russia, because the economy needs it. There are also gas issues. As far as I remember, the toughest economic measures taken by Russia were against Poroshenko’s when he was just a businessman. But as a statesman, he’s prepared to ignore his own personal business interests,” explained Zurab Alasania, head of Ukrainian national television station NTU.
Among the international guests expected to attend the inauguration 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 said that “settling the situation in eastern Ukraine will become a top priority for the new president. However, many 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 meaning fresh elections would have to be called.”