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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the 53rd Munich Security Conference, under way on Feb. 17-18 in Germany that Russian President Vladimir Putin “hates Ukraine deeply and sincerely.” He also said that appeasing Russia would be “naive, wrong and dangerous.”

Poroshenko also talked by phone with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, briefing him “on the recent escalation of the situation in Donbas and violation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.” They discussed how to counter “the ongoing Russian aggression and restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Crimea, particularly via the policy of sanctions.”

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A fine speech. But the president - before addressing important groups and conferences - should ALWAYS have the rough copy reviewed and edited by one or another good writer in the Diaspora. Although the substance of his speech is understandable, these speeches make a far greater impact if presented in polished, good English. If he does not have a good English-language speech writer on his staff, he should ask his U.S., Canadian, or British embassies to find someone who is highly regarded in writing skills to work as a volunteer or on a paid freelance basis. With digital communication, the work can be done anywhere in the world just as effectively as in his office.

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