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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko tells Canada's Parliament that his country is paying "a very high price for defending what we believe in." Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English and French) CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER, SAYING:
"Mesdames et messieurs, ladies and gentlemen, it's my great pleasure, I know our great pleasure, to welcome to Canada, to welcome to our parliament today, the president of Ukraine and his wife, Petro and Maryna Poroshenko."
A standing ovation for Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.
He then speaks of the troubles at home
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING:
"Today Ukraine pay a very high price for defending what we believe in - democracy and freedom to choose our own future. For more than two decades we proudly stated that Ukraine gained its independence without shedding a single drop of the blood. Now it's not true anymore. Because now is (the) real fight for our independence, and the real price."
Poroshenko will visit the United States next, where he's scheduled to address a joint meeting of Congress Thursday.