Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, and Joe Biden, the U.S. Vice President, met in Kyiv within the American official’s visit to Ukraine on January 16.
Poroshenko, in particular, said that his country expected constructive work with the new American government. ‘I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for the advice and assistance from Vice President Biden and the current U.S. administration. We very much hope that the new U.S. government will keep it that way,’ the President said. He added that Ukraine respects the democratic choice of the American people and it is ready to continue effective and fruitful cooperation with the new administration.
Turning to Biden in the light of his finishing cadence in the office of U.S. Vice President, Poroshenko invited him to visit Ukraine again – already as private citizen. ‘It might be your final visit here as U.S. Vice President, but surely not the last one as that of Ukraine’s good and reliable friend, and my personal friend. Active and candid dialog, dozens of hours of telephone conversations and all personal meetings – they all shaped a tough but effective process of decision-making. These decisions boosted the process of reforms; lives and fates of millions of Ukrainian citizens depended on them.
Speaking about the ongoing Donbas conflict, Poroshenko reiterated it’s been almost three years since Russia began a ‘true war’ against the Ukrainian state.
‘This war took lives of 10,000 Ukrainians, both civilians and military men. The war goes on; over the last three days, the enemy landed more than 250 attacks on our positions,’ he said.
The president admitted he believed in victory, ‘since the truth is on Ukraine’s side, and the truth always speaks louder than weapons.’