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Armed with AK-47, Ukraine's ex-president calls Vladimir Putin ‘madman’

Russia Ukraine war: Poroshenko said that these are examples of how Ukrainians hate Putin and the Russian aggression. He said that he will hold on ‘forever’.

February 26, 2022 / 05:46 PM IST
Petro Poroshenko was seen brandishing a rifle in a bid to protect Kyiv from falling into the hands of the Russian Army. (Photo: Poroshenko/Twitter)

Petro Poroshenko was seen brandishing a rifle in a bid to protect Kyiv from falling into the hands of the Russian Army. (Photo: Poroshenko/Twitter)

Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, also an oligarch, told news agency CNN on Thursday that Russia will not be able to seize Ukraine while wielding an AK-47.

The former Ukrainian president who lost to Ukraine’s current president Volodymyr Zelensky when the latter came to power in 2019 reflected the same amount of courage as his successor while speaking to CNN. Poroshenko referred to Russian president Vladimir Putin as a madman and said that the neighbouring country’s president has lost the power of reasoning.

“This is an Assault Kalashnikov. We have 300 members of territorial defence and we have machine guns. We don’t have tanks or heavy artillery. We need ammunition. We have a long line of people who want to enlist but we do not have arms. There are ordinary people who never were part of the army but they want to join us,” Poroshenko said.

He said that these are examples of how Ukrainians hate Putin and the Russian aggression. He said that he will hold on ‘forever’.