"The most painful thing is that the war is not finished as the key to peace is not in our hands. It's a shame that millions of people are living in poverty and we have not yet overcome the consequences of the crisis caused by Russian aggression. We have not advanced enough in the fight against corruption, but the politics is an art of possible, and even if we believe that the President can do anything, he cannot do everything at once actually. And it's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes," Poroshenko said.
He also admitted that he had made some tactical mistakes, for example in the fight against corruption.
"I have committed many tactical mistakes, but I am sure that I chose the right state strategy. Our main achievements are the army, the association agreement with the EU, the visa-free regime with the EU, the international coalition in support of Ukraine, the regime of sanctions that weakens Russia and restrains its aggression, the Tomos [of autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church], the decentralization reform," head of state said.
According to him, the first Putin's goal is to stop Ukraine's course towards the European Union and NATO as a collective security system.
"It’s too tough for Russia, but it will actively protect us. The Kremlin will make a lot of efforts to form a majority loyal to Moscow." Poroshenko admitted,
Poroshenko believes that Ukraine needs a leader who is able to resist Putin's plans.
"Ukraine needs a supreme commander in chief, who is able to organize a strong army, a strong defense and attain peace on this basis," he concluded.
Poroshenko asks voters to support his candidacy in the second round of presidential elections, which will be held on April 21, but notes that he will accept any decision.
"I know how difficult it is for each of you to forgive my mistakes and believe me again. It’s my fault. And yes, I’m not perfect. But I’m sure that we don’t have the right to cross out everything we’ve achieved and refuse the European future. To complete the work begun and not to squander what has already been done, I ask for your support on April 21. And I will accept your any decision. After all, the will of the people - above all," said Poroshenko in a video message