Ukraine's new president, Viktor Yushchenko, has vowed to build a more democratic and prosperous nation, saying its future lies in the European Union. Mr. Yushchenko was sworn in on Sunday in a ceremony attended by dozens of foreign dignitaries, including outgoing US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
In an inaugural address to more than a hundred thousand supporters in Kiev's Independence Square, the new president said his election was a victory of freedom over tyranny. Mr. Yushchenko has promised to pursue pro-western reforms, while keeping the former Soviet republic on good terms with Russia. The inauguration came two months after a fraud-plagued vote in which Mr. Yushchenko lost to Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovych. The election triggered mass protests, and Ukraine's Supreme Court later ordered a run-off vote. Mr. Yushchenko succeeds Leonid Kuchma.