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Poroshenko: Ukraine Is a New, Changing Country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) hugs his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski after addressing lawmakers at the Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on the first day of his official visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) hugs his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski after addressing lawmakers at the Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on the first day of his official visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland—Ukraine’s president on Wednesday urged Poland’s politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it conducts reforms to follow European standards...




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