Please don’t trust Putin, don’t trust him: Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

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Kiev (Ukraine): Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the world should not rely on information that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his office are in talks with Ukraine after attacking the country.

“I want to ask all CNN viewers, all people in the world, with one very simple request: Please don’t trust Putin. Don’t trust Putin. And, two, don’t be afraid of Putin,” Poroshenko told CNN.

The Kremlin said on Saturday that Putin had ordered a halt to Russian military progress in Ukraine pending talks on Friday, but resumed operations in Kiev after the government reportedly refused talks.

However, an adviser to Ukraine’s president denied early Saturday that Ukraine had refused to hold talks, CNN reported.

Asked about Ukraine’s refusal to accept President Volodymyr Zelensky’s offer of evacuation from the United States capital Kiev, Poroshenko said, “I think now is a defining moment for my nation. And every A man decides for himself”.

At the same time, he said that he is ready to die if necessary and that he is proud of his people and country.

“If I’m ready, unfortunately, yes. I hate the idea of ​​occupying my country and I think we have to risk the nation’s defense, of course, to defend the nation against a Russian aggressor.” Everyone here,” he said, pointing to the defense soldiers behind him, “all young and old fully understand that we have this risk.

“But many, for the biggest part, decide to take up a rifle and defend the nation. I am proud of these people. I am proud of this country. And I am proud to be Ukrainian,” he said.

First published:February 26, 2022, 9:38 pm

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