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Yushchenko Calls on Ukrainian-Americans to Help Homeland


Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is calling on Ukrainian-Americans to help their country move towards democracy.

Mr. Yushchenko received a hero's welcome late Monday in the U.S. city of Chicago, where he addressed a crowd of 1,400 people.

Many audience members wore orange sweaters and ties, in honor of the "Orange Revolution" that swept Mr. Yushchenko to power.

The new president thanked Chicago's large Ukrainian community for backing his election, adding that their "brotherly assistance" is still needed.

He promised that his government would stamp out corruption, create an open market and maintain freedom of speech.

Earlier, Mr. Yushchenko met with President Bush, who pledged to help Ukraine strengthen ties with Europe and achieve democratic reforms,

Mr. Yushchenko travels to the city of Boston Tuesday. He will address the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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