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Poroshenko Reprieves Seen Fleeting as Ukrainians Sour on Leader

Within the course of a few frantic hours on Thursday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won conditional reprieves from bloodshed and bankruptcy. Now he’s got to win back an increasingly unhappy electorate seasoned in revolution.

The pro-Russian insurgency in the east and a collapsing economy have consumed Poroshenko’s nine months in office, leaving little time to implement the sweeping changes demanded by the protesters who ousted his predecessor a year ago. His campaign to end what he’s called Ukraine’s “total corruption” hasn’t led to the prosecution of a single senior official.