June 7, marks the two-year anniversary of the inauguration of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. On the eve of this date, we have collected his most famous speeches.
1. September 17, 2014 Poroshenko addressed the full Senate and House of Commons in Canada. Canadian parliamentarians met Ukrainian President with standing ovation. He gave this speech after the ratification of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Poroshenko thanked for the financial aid and emphasized on the strong ties between Ukraine and Canada.
Video courtesy: Canuck Politics YouTube Channel
2. September 18, 2014, the president traveled to the United States and spoke at a joint session of the US Congress chambers. Reporters calculated that 25 times Poroshenko was interrupted by applause. During his speech, he expressed confidence that the US will help to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and said that Ukraine is ready to reach out to the Russian world.
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3. December 14, 2014 Poroshenko went to Australia. In Sydney, he gave a lecture at Lowy Institute for International Policy. "After the Revolution of dignity and common pain from the crash of the MH-17, our nations have become closer, despite the considerable distance," stressed the head of state.
4. January 21, 2015 Poroshenko brought to the World Economic Forum in Davos a part of the bus, shelled near Volnovaha. Thus, the president wanted to show the international community how terrible are the events in Ukraine.
Video courtesy: World Economic Forum YouTube Channel
"I've got a part of the bus from Volnovaha. And here are the traces of a Russian rocket that hit the people. For me it's a symbol of terrorist attacks against my country. This is the symbol like Charlie Hebdo magazine, and as a terrorist attack, which was made under the direction of Russian officer who downed Malaysian plane," Poroshenko said.
5. February 7, 2015 at the Munich Security Conference the head of the Ukrainian state has demonstrated the passports and military cards of the Russian military, who got "lost in Ukraine", and were detained by power agents. The President also noted that Donbas conflict should not be frozen. "If Ukraine does not defend its territorial integrity, the terrorism and man-made humanitarian disaster will continue in the future," Poroshenko claimed.
6. Poroshenko’s speech in the UN General Assembly in September 2015 caused a stir; he accused Russia of aggression against Ukraine, supporting war, and financing terrorist. The head of state called the Russian President Vladimir Putin "a liar”. Poroshenko accused UN of the lack of effective tools to bring the aggressor country to justice. The Western media have highly estimated the sharpness of the Ukrainian president's statements, calling them a "mockery of Vladimir Putin."
7. February 11, 2015 Poroshenko again gave vent to emotions, this time during a Cabinet meeting. The President visited Kramatorsk, which was shelled by the Russian-backed militants. He began to cry during his speech. The shelling killed 16 people and another 48 were injured.
"A little boy of 3 years lies down in a ward. The doctors saved his life and saved his little arm that was almost shot off. And his mother died, shielding him with her body. The boy is only three years old, and he does not understand what has happened," said the President in a choked voice.
8. March 25, 2015 Poroshenko has misspoken, saying "cynical Banderas" instead of "cynical bandits." It immediately became a hit of the Internet and caused a mixed reaction among Ukrainian politicians.
"Cynical ... Banderas bandits with the military garment robbed the Ukrainians," the president misspoke during a story about the murder of a Ukrainian special services officer Victor Manzik.
A day after Poroshenko wore a camouflage with "Cynical Bandera" stripe. "Cynical Bandera. As long as we are able to make fun of ourselves, we are invincible," commented Mr. President.
9. December 23, 2015 Poroshenko addressed the Knesset. He drew parallels between the two countries and said that Ukraine, like Israel, will stand up. "Ukraine, as well as Israel will survive, Ukraine will become even stronger," said the President.
10. Poroshenko's visit to Japan in early April of this year has coincided with the publication of "Panamanian documents," which brought to the light an offshore trust, belonging to the Ukrainian president. Guarantor had to explain.
"Commonly offshore accounts are used to minimize the tax base. This time it was the opposite. Once I became president, I immediately trusted my business to major investor, Rothschild bank. The bank did not accept the Ukrainian assets, and we prepared a special structure, which transformed all the assets, and they agreed to manage my assets, so they could be separated from my political actions at the time, when I am a president. It was a very transparent process. I did not do it to minimize taxes; it was a public act."