The President was speaking on Mikhaylovskaya square in front of several thousand listeners. The approaches were closed, people were allowed to enter the square through metal detectors. Between supporters and opponents of the President were in conflict, one person is detained.

Poroshenko held a "national meeting" in the center of Kiev (updated). VIDEO+Photos

The event was announced at 11:00, the correspondent of mediaUA. By this time the approaches to Mikhaylovskaya square was blocked. Among those who came to the meeting with the President checked the inscriptions on the posters.

Petro Poroshenko spoke about the challenges Ukraine has faced over the last 5 years, and the achievements she made during this time.

According to the President, Ukraine has never been closer to joining the EU and NATO. "If we continue this course go so far that Russia will lose any chance to return Ukraine into its sphere of influence," – said Poroshenko.

The head of state promised that by 2023 Ukraine will be ready to apply for membership in the European Union and NATO.

"Our road to peace lies through further strengthening of the army. His first presidential term, it is terrible to remember, he started with what they needed for the army not only helmets and vests, and pants, socks, underwear," – said Poroshenko. He promised that if he wins the presidential election will start the new term with the renewal of the military missile program.

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According to Poroshenko, now the country faces yet another challenge – an attempt of failure of elections.

"Campaign communication with voters trying to translate the format of the riots. It's not even dirty political technology. This is an attempt to jeopardize the very fact of elections, to disrupt them," the President said.

"On March 31, or renew our movement to Europe, or go back to Empire. We have one enemy, though he has a different mask: the populist, pseudo-patriots, virtual images and open agents of the Kremlin. But behind the scenes those who are already negotiating for surrender," - concluded the head of state.

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The meeting ended with national anthem. After that, Poroshenko left the scene. The protesters surrounded him to shake his hand or take a selfie.




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