Confectionery magnate Petro Poroshenko, the apparent winner of Ukraine’s presidential election, vowed Monday to swiftly begin talks with Moscow to bring an end to the violence in eastern Ukraine and restore unity in the bitterly divided country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Kremlin was “ready for dialogue” with Poroshenko but spurned suggestions that U.S. or European Union officials play a role in mediating the crisis.

The swift pledges from both former Soviet republics to bring an end to the violence that has taken more than 150 lives in recent weeks spurred hopes among the weary advocates of Ukrainian unity that the worst of the confrontation may be over.

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