After the end of the voting in the second round of the presidential elections and the announcement of the results of the exit polls, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said he would congratulate the opponent on his victory and continue the struggle for Ukraine.
The Head of State cited the words of Winston Churchill about the need to never give in “in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense”.
“Never give in” - I heard that in 2014, when I received from Yanukovych a robbed and disarmed country, being approached by Putin's horde. When foreign leaders called not to congratulate on the elections, but to express sincere condolences. They told frankly that no country in the world faced such challenges as Ukraine had. I want to emphasize - there were much less willing to become President then, by the way. There was definitely no queue," Petro Poroshenko reminded.
The Head of State was guided by the principle "never give up" when he decided to run for presidency again in 2019. "It was obvious how hard the struggle would be against the backdrop of the dirty information warfare that my political opponents waged against me inside the country. And from the outside - Russian fake news and a powerful propaganda machine of the hybrid war," he said.
"Never give up" - I hear it now, when I see the results of the exit polls. And they are obvious. And they give reason to call my opponent right now and congratulate him. To do what is customary in civilized European democracies. Today is April 21, I always have to remember that tomorrow will become April 22, and each of us, each of our team members, have to unite and defend Ukraine. We need joint efforts," the President emphasized.