Ukrainian presidential candidate and businessman Petro Poroshenko briefs the media after a meeting with Germany's Christian Union's faction law makers in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Ukrainian presidential candidate and self-made billionaire Petro Poroshenko defended the deployment of security forces against pro-Russian rebels, during a visit to Germany on Wednesday.Diplomatic efforts have grown increasingly urgent after the deaths of nearly 90 people in less than a week as a result of military operations and clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Kiev supporters in eastern Ukraine.Merkel and US President Barack Obama in Washington last week warned Russia it would face direct and painful economic sanctions if the Ukrainian elections on May 25 are disrupted.
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