Petro Poroshenko

President of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019

Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko (Ukrainian: Петро́ Олексі́йович Пороше́нко, pronounced [pɛˈtrɔ ɔlɛkˈsʲijɔwɪtʃ pɔrɔˈʃɛnkɔ]; born 26 September 1965) is a Ukrainian businessman and politician who served as the fifth President of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019.

Petro Poroshenko
Presidential inauguration of Petro Poroshenko in 2014.

He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2012. From 2007 until 2012, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.


  • In Ukraine, you don't build a democracy; it already exists. You just defend it.
  • I am an ambitious person and I consider myself as still quite young and I am convinced that I still have time to realize my ambitions.
  • And we will all conquer the world! Because we will have a job - they [the Separatists] don't have it. We will have pensions - they don't have them. We will have the support of people - children and pensioners - they will not have it. Our children will go to schools and kindergartens, and they will sit in their basements [bomb shelters]. Because they can't do anything! That's how, that's how we're going to win this war.
  • The main guarantor of Ukraine is the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
    • Speech during the official event on the Independence Day of Ukraine (24 August 2016)
  • External threat accelerated the formation of a modern political Ukrainian nation based on civic patriotism.
    • Speech during the official event on the Independence Day of Ukraine (24 August 2016)
  • I will accept any choice of the people, because it is a democracy.
  • Every statesman must accept the choice of the people.
  • I'm not fighting for positions. I had in my life the highest position that Ukrainian can only dream of.
  • We must be united on the outside front. Even during a parliamentary campaign, even when we have very tough political confrontations within the country.

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