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Ukraine Appoints U.S. Senator McCain Presidential Aide

U.S. Senator John McCain gives a press conference in Kyiv in September 2014.
U.S. Senator John McCain gives a press conference in Kyiv in September 2014.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed U.S. Republican Senator John McCain as an adviser.

Ukraine's pro-Western authorities are putting together an advisory council to help conduct reforms and build global support for Ukraine.

A decree released by the Ukrainian presidency on May 14 says that pending his agreement, McCain will become a member of the council, along with former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt.

The Advisory International Council of Reforms is to be headed by Mikheil Saakashvili, the fiercely pro-Western former president of Georgia, and will also include Elmar Brok, a member of the European Parliament, and economist Anders Aslund.

McCain, who is a former presidential candidate, tweeted that he would be honored to take up the post, but added that he first had to be cleared by the Senate.

Kyiv is fighting a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 6,000 people since April last year.

Sporadic violence continues despite a shaky cease-fire sealed in February.

With reporting by AFP
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