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EXCLUSIVE: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

June 26th, 2014
04:22 PM ET

Part 2: Poroshenko: No tolerance for corruption
Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko says he wants to change the country and stop corruption.

Part 3: Poroshenko is the 'Chocolate King'
Petro Poroshenko told CNN's Christiane Amanpour how his chocolate business got caught up in politics of Russia tensions.

By Mick Krever and Tom Cohen, CNN

Brussels, Belgium (CNN) - New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says peace is possible if Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the right mood.

"Sometimes, the position of Mr. Putin is quite pragmatic, sometimes it is very emotional," Poroshenko told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday in an exclusive interview, his first broadcast interview since taking over as Ukraine's leader on June 7. "I just try to find out the time when he is more pragmatic than emotional."

He said negotiations with Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine would continue on Friday, the day his unilaterally declared cease-fire expires and the day that he also will sign a cooperation agreement with the European Union that sparked the crisis in his country.


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  1. Annelise Weber

    Goodluck Ukraine! Miss you Marina, I hope you're alright!

    June 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  2. Serguei

    In the meantime journalist George Eliason in his article "Notes from the Southeast" describes all happening in East Ukraine noe as an "Ethnic Cleansing" bu sweet "Chocolate King":–Notea-from-the-S-by-George-Eliason-Mercenaries_Russia_Ukraine-Coup_Yatsenyuk-140623-809.html

    June 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  3. Serguei

    Reasons why the Government in Kiev has no Credibility:
    They are using cluster bombs, missiles, rockets, and artillery, targeting hospitals, orphanages, schools, apartments, housing, water supplies etc., so many civilians were killed!They do not have my support!

    June 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • kailash

      government is using cluster bombs, missiles??? are you sure? what about the pro-russian militants who has rocket launcher and anti aircraft missiles which destroyed the aircraft with 49 military brothers?? who is destroying ukraine? government or some rebels with guns in their hand and walking llike a terrorist? if they are common people let them protest peacefully not with the guns!! if you are in government place, what will you do? go to russia? where is slava ukraina??

      June 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Αngelina

      "Sometimes, the position of Mr. Putin is quite pragmatic, sometimes it is very emotional,""I just try to find out the time when he is more pragmatic than emotional." that is about Putin. What to expect from a man like him. You have an impression that a schizophrenic , psychopath is ruling Ruussia and the russians.

      June 27, 2014 at 3:42 am | Reply
  4. Tim

    Russia raided the pensions of russian citizens to pay for stealing Crimea from Ukraine. Currently there is no plan to reimburse those pensions.

    June 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  5. I started loving Ukraine

    He's good. He's really good! Thanks Britain (the UK), Germany, France and Poland for supporting Ukraine in this very difficult and crucial moment of its history.

    June 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • observadora

      And for exterminating innocent people, right?

      People like you WILL lead the world to the 3 WW. I don't see why you are trying so hard, you won't survive it...

      July 4, 2014 at 7:16 am | Reply
  6. Western Propaganda

    Heil the chocolate king!

    Become pro-western... or else.

    June 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Jerry Banderachuk

      Spoken like a true Moscow troll boy

      June 28, 2014 at 12:23 am | Reply
  7. Western Propaganda

    USA installed puppet Poroshenko uses Incendiaries to bomb Slaviansk civilian districts.

    Using incendiaries like that in residential areas is a war crime.

    June 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  8. Western Propaganda

    The rebel city of Kramatorsk after shelling by pro-Poroshenko forces:

    This footage might disturb you.

    June 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  9. Western Propaganda

    Oh.. in case you wondered.. there is no cease-fire

    The shelling of rebel cities never stopped and CNN never reported on it.

    June 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  10. Western Propaganda

    Even Ukrainian reporters say 90% of the rebels have Ukrainian passports ans are Donbass locals. The rest are volunteers. Poroshenko is lying.

    June 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  11. bib

    If you see comments where people (?) try flood you with "facts" against Ukraine and ukrainian – 100% positive it is a paid post. A lot of people making money to post for money. Don't even try to reply, you replying to troll, he/she got paid for engagin in "discussion".

    Read article, ignore comments, they will die eventually.

    June 27, 2014 at 12:19 am | Reply
  12. Vitalia

    Before point fingers Russians should remember how cities and villages in Chechnya looked like after Russian army brought 'peace' to them. And how many civilians died, how many left their homes. It's not the first time that Russian propaganda is struggling with this specific kind of 'amnesia'.

    June 27, 2014 at 10:02 am | Reply
  13. Online Editor

    Not sure if comments are being moderated or not published

    June 27, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
  14. Online Editor

    You left so much out form the interview and let him off the hook as he tried to deflect attention or accept responsibility.

    The Ukrainian Crisis can not be won by a military solution. The riots in Kyiv were the flash point that set off a serious of events in Ukraine. It undermined rule of law causing a loss of confidence. Radical Right sector forces have been allowed to act with impunity, The atrocities in Odessa and Mariupol must not be forgotten and those responsible MUST be held to account for their crimes against Humanity.

    the black shirt unformed miliatia MUST be disbanded. teh State can not just gove them Uniforms and sanctions the killing and slaughter of citizens

    June 27, 2014 at 10:15 am | Reply
  15. Olga

    Ms Amanpour is as always choosing facts that she mentions and completely ignores the ones that don't suit her agenda. What about all those civilians who've been killed by Ukrainian army, thousands had to flee Ukraine and became refugees. HOW CAN YOU SERIOUSLY CALL YOURSELF A JOURNALIST, Ms Amanpour? disgusting

    June 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  16. Ivan

    Poroshenko is lying.

    July 2, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
  17. observadora

    Lier! And CNN is the best representative of the American LYING government. SHAME on you as journalists! There are REAL journalists from Russia and Europe dying in Ukraine because they went over there to find out the truth and share it with the world, and you sit comfortably in your chairs sipping coffee and inventing lies for the stupid public! Shame on you!

    July 4, 2014 at 7:09 am | Reply
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    Why don't you, dear American public, not try and read this:

    or this:

    There is plenty of unbiased information in the internet, first-hand information, about the real situation in Ukraine. How much longer are you people going to keep silent when your government is killing innocent people all over the world? What kind of democracy is that?

    July 4, 2014 at 7:13 am | Reply
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