Almost two years ago Petro Poroshenko was elected as the president of Ukraine. In the elections on May 25, 2014 he won in one round, receiving 54.7% of votes. 9,857,000 308 voters had supported him. Eight days later, the CEC announced him president.
Gazeta.ua found some of the most interesting promises Poroshenko has made over the years as the head of state.
1. Transfer of his confectionary empire "Roshen"
“In the near future I will pass stake of "Roshen" in Rothschild Trust,” Poroshenko wrote on Twitter in June 2015.
Poroshenko did not sell any shares of his confectionary company. In April and May an offshore scandal broke around his business. Journalists citing documents of Panamanian company Mossack Fonseca found three offshore companies belonging to Poroshenko. He has not transferred his assets in a trust, but began their restructuring. The president created an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands so to avoid paying sales tax in Ukraine, according to journalists.
In May, another media investigation showed that on March 25 "Prime Assets Capital," owned by Poroshenko, bought 18,000 shares worth 3.926 million euros from a related Cypriot company. Journalists suggest that at the time of the sale the Cypriot company shares were also in the president’s possession.
2. No ‘Minsk 3’ agreement
In September 2015, during the "Yalta European Strategy" forum President Poroshenko said that there cannot be a third Minsk peace agreement. "I asked my representative in negotiations to cancel a statement that Minsk II might be continue until 2016. They should be completed in 2016. Ukraine has paid a high price for their implementation," he said. In December that year, leaders of the "Norman four" agreed to extend the agreement. And the phone calls at night on May 24, agreed to accelerate the implementation of the Minsk agreements. However, the West insists that elections in the occupied territories of Donbas were held this year. Last week it became known that the presidential administration prepared a draft law on elections. For its adoption 226 votes in parliament are necessary.
3. No Ukrainian oligarch will appear on the pages of "Forbes"
"I guarantee that no one gets into the rating of "Forbes," assured the President. In March, the American edition of Forbes has published a new ranking of the richest people in the world, among them were 5 Ukrainian. All of them are figures of last year's ranking of Forbes. List of the richest Ukrainian was headed by Rinat Akhmetov - the owner of the company "System Capital Management."
4. Finish investigation of Maidan killings
In July 2014 Poroshenko gave the main task for the then Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema: to complete case against executions of Maidan activists. But the events of February 2014 are still under investigating. In March, Roman Zavorotny, the only detainee in the case of the issuance of weapons from the MIA to disperse Euromaidan, was released from jail. However, April 13, Svyatoshinsky District Court again took the suspect into custody.
New Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko gave the command to complete the case no later than autumn.
5. Hold a referendum on NATO
"The issue of joining NATO is fundamental for Ukraine. I hold a referendum, let us the people decide," said Poroshenko in France in April 2015. In September, President said that the country is not ready to join the Alliance because the reforms have not been implemented. Survey results from "Rating" group in April this year showed - 45% of Ukrainians support joining NATO.
6. Punish “Amber” mafia
"Every gang works together with the police, prosecutor, and Security Service. Put this not going. I will visit one of those areas personally without my cortege. I'll show you who is who," said Poroshenko in July 2015. Then, he gave two weeks to resolve the issue.
A year later, in March, activists have shown shocking video of mining amber near Kuhitska Volia village (between Rivne and Volyn regions).
7. Ukraine to receive third financial tranche for USD 1.7 billion
In January, Poroshenko said that Ukraine will receive the third tranche of the IMF. In April, US Vice President Joseph Biden said that the US will continue to support Ukraine. In particular, in the provision of credit guarantees. However, the IMF has put forward numerous demands, including fighting corruption, implementing judicial, tax, and pension reforms.