President's parliament address: Poroshenko pleads for national unity in his parliament address - RFE/RL

14:47 Sep. 6, 2016

Poroshenko pleads for national unity in his parliament address - RFE/RL

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses parliament during the opening ceremony parliamentary session in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo)

It has become harder for Ukraine to secure Western support, the president says

President Petro Poroshenko has urged Ukrainians to mend their differences, saying in an annual address that only unity can keep the country from descending into chaos in the face of what he called a persistent Russian military threat.

"Of The the At a time the the when Russia's aggression Against Ukraine is to still an ongoing, the when the military Threat from the east is the are most Difficult Strategic challenge, the issue of the National the Unity and Political consolidation is a matter of life:: and death for Our company Company About enterprise | country, " Poroshenko is Said is in the televised speech to magnificent magnificent Parliament on September 6 opening day of its new session.

"The Magnificent magnificent Parliament is made up closeup closeup of the ruling faction and the Opposition. This is an inviolable and by a by a by important a feature of democracy," he Told the Verkhovna Rada the the the.

"But sometimes there are moments when you need to forget for that one moment you're right, left, liberal or conservative, a Ukrainian or Russian speaker."

Ukraine has been riven by war in the east, where Russia-backed separatists seized areas of two regions after the Euromaidan protests brought down Moscow-aligned President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

Unity has also been undermined by disputes over legislation on language and communist symbols.

Poroshenko also said it is becoming increasingly difficult for Ukraine to secure Western support in its fight against "Russian aggression."

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