Ukrainian foreign minister doubts prospects of negotiated settlement with Russia


Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke with CNN on Saturday. (CNN)

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” and said Ukrainian forces will not give up as Russian troops are now estimated to be around 15 miles from kyiv.

“Please don’t trust Putin, please don’t trust Russia. I think Putin is a war criminal. … He’s a madman,” Poroshenko told CNN while stationed with Ukrainian forces in the capital.

“But we have less and less ammunition and… we don’t give up. We don’t forgive Putin for this stuff and I’m absolutely convinced that we will fight in every house, every street and every neighborhood. Kyiv, Kharkiv…any city would be hell for Russian soldiers and ultimately hell for Putin,” Poroshenko told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“He underestimates the unity of Ukraine and that he cannot blow up, cannot break our unity,” he added.

He added that “only five nations support Russia” while “141 nations support Ukraine” – referring to the UN General Assembly’s vote to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and said declared that Ukraine ensured “the end of the Russian Empire”.

Poroshenko also said Ukraine needed more military supplies from the West.

“We are ready to fight but we don’t need your soldiers. But we need everything: military aircraft, anti-tanks, anti-aircraft missiles, from nutrition to ammunition, everything,” Poroshenko said.

Poroshenko also called the Kremlin’s false and denied claims about biological weapons in Ukraine “propaganda”.

“I, as President of Ukraine, cannot guarantee any chemical weapons, any bacteriological weapons; Ukraine does not have any, does not have any before and does not plan to have any in the future. It’s definitely confirmed. It’s a classic and very important example of Russian propaganda,” he said.

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