The Former fifth President of Ukraine – Petro Poroshenko, in his recent statement, cited that they are also guarding Bulgaria and the other European states by defending Ukraine. Poroshenko was speaking during an interview with Bulgarian Nova TV.
In his statement, Poroshenko asserted, “Putin hates Europe. He hates our Western world. He hates our values , & unfortunately, we will never compromise with him because he wants us all dead, and we want to live. It is that simple. By defending Ukraine now, we are – defending Europe & Bulgaria.”
Meanwhile, further adding to his statement, the former Ukrainian President, who served from 2014-to 2019, cited, “My motivation to do this is the same as all – Ukrainians. Thank you all very much for your kind words. Still, now the whole world admires Ukrainian citizens, who surprised everyone by stopping Russian President Putin, & who surprised Putin who underestimated the abilities of Ukraine’s armed forces established by me in the year 2014. He underestimated the unity of the Ukrainian people & the whole world who stands supported Ukraine for victory over – Russian aggression. I am doing my best, & now, as citizens of Ukraine, we have organized territorial defence battalions in the most challenging days of the Russian attack on – Kyiv. The distance from the battalion in which I partook to the – Russian troops was around 8 km.”
“All of Kyiv was under rocket & artillery fire, but we did not leave Kyiv for 48 days. We withstood one of – the heaviest attacks of Russians. We were one of the first to visit – Bucha, Irpen, Gostomel, Vorzel, the main places that have become world-famous because of the horrific massacre that Russian criminals organized against Ukrainian civilians.”
“What now is happening in Mariupol, where the mayor stated that more than 15,000 people were killed – civilians, children, women. They are raped, killed, and tortured. These are crimes against humanity and genocide of Ukrainians. The Russians are killing us just because they want us to leave; they want to kill us simply because we are from Ukraine. They want to erase our nation from the world’s map. He does not identify our right to life, to existence. In this situation, it is essential to be united, to stay together to stop Putin and expel him from Ukrainian territory.”
“I want Bulgarian viewers to hear it – today, we mark 48 days of an 8-year war that started – centuries ago. Ukraine is paying dearly for this war. Putin attacked us for – no reason, without reason – both in Crimea & in Donbas. You mentioned the Minsk agreements – I am proud that they recreated a significant role in deterring Putin, & they gave my team and me the opportunity to complete the construction of our army. I am proud that we have established an army that has stopped Putin. We have provided an army based on NATO standards. Putin still has an army by Soviet standards. In the clash, we have shown what it means to be a Ukrainian soldier in the Ukrainian armed forces and how we managed to stop them. I am very proud that in 2014-2015 we liberated 2/3 of the occupied Donbas while I was Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”
“Then we stopped the Russian troops, drove them from Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Mariupol, Konstantinovka, Kramatorsk – the whole territory of Donbas. And now he’s attacking again. I am confident that Ukraine will not give up, we Ukrainians will never give up, and victory will undoubtedly be ours. The truth is with us – God is with us; you and the whole world are with us.”
“Let’s first distinguish between the EU, the United States and NATO. What do we expect from the EU and the US? My plan includes five things—first, the loan-rent procedure. I am proud that my initiative, published a month ago in a statement by European and American leaders, led them to pass the Loan-Rent Act for everything from food to weapons. Second, the closure of airspace with fighters and air defence systems. Third, the idea of a second front – everything but soldiers. We need sanctions, an embargo, and new sanctions every day to stop Putin. The previous day, criminal acts were committed in Bucha – sanctions. Then another day – the tragedy in which civilians were killed during an evacuation in Kramatorsk – sanctions. Today – chemical weapons were used in Mariupol – sanctions. This is the ‘second front. 4th is the Marshall Plan. I am very proud that it was here that Ursula von der Leyen announced her intention for the Marshall Plan, involving the EU, the United States and the world, the G7, to help us rebuild Ukraine after the war. Fifth, the status of a candidate for future membership of Ukraine in the EU, which should happen in 2022.”