In an address in Kyiv's Independence Square following his inauguration yesterday, Yushchenko pledged to steer a new course for Ukraine -- away from corruption and cronyism and toward European Union membership.
"Our path to the future is the path that united Europe is undertaking," Yushchenko said. "We, with the [European] nations, belong to the same civilization. We share the same values. History, economic perspective [and] the interests of our people give us a clear answer to the question: Where is our destiny? Our place is in the European Union and my goal is 'Ukraine in a United Europe.'"
Yushchenko, who made no direct mention of Russia in his speech, said his inauguration marked a victory of freedom over tyranny.
The inauguration was attended by dignitaries including U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, and former Czech President Vaclav Havel.