American senator John McCain took offense to Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian President, for the offer to postpone the visit to Shyrokyne due to the artillery attacks performed by the militants in December 2016. The Head of the State said it in Avdiivka on August 26, Svyatoslav Tseholko, the Spokesperson of the President, posted a video on Facebook.
Poroshenko recalled the visit to Shyrokyne on December 31, 2016. According to him, John McCain postponed his visit to Georgia and said: “My place is here”.
“10 km away from Shyrokyne my presidential security service informed that the enemy opened fire at the place of our destination. I told him: “Listen, you are an American senator, you don’t have to be there. I, as a president, have to be with my soldiers”. It was the first time John was upset with me. For me thinking to propose him that. Moreover, we have a few great pictures of him and our soldiers. He said: “Russia will pay a huge price for a completely irresponsible war”. He dedicated all his life to protect Ukraine and Ukrainians,” Poroshenko said.
Earlier, on December 31, 2016 Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, and John McCain, an American senator, visited Shyrokyne near the demarcation line.