Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during his annual news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday he wanted EU and U.S. help in securing Crimea's return from Russia and vowed to win back the separatist east this year.The bold announcements by the pro-Western leader came with Poroshenko facing building public pressure to end Ukraine's brutal 20-month campaign against pro-Russian insurgents and simultaneously to stand up to Moscow's annexation of the strategic Black Sea peninsula.Poroshenko provided few details about how exactly he intended to win back Crimea – a tsarist-era Russian naval base that Moscow annexed just weeks after the ouster of pro-Kremlin Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 .The new government wants Russia to accept a 20-percent debt write-down – the same terms accepted last year by Ukraine's private creditors.
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