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Ex-Ukraine President Grabs Rifle, Dons Battle Gear, Joins Citizens to Fight Russia

Petro Poroshenko joins countrymen in the streets to fight Putin's invading troops

 on 27th February 2022 @ 4.00pm
former ukraine president petro poroshenko has donned battle gear to fight russia © press
Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has donned battle gear to fight Russia

Ukraine's former president, Petro Poroshenko, has picked up a rifle, donned military battle gear, and joined his people in the streets to fight the invading  Russian forces.

A viral video has revealed Poroshenko has been spotted among citizens in Kyiv wearing battle armor.

Poroshenko addresses the invasion in the video, saying the situation in Ukraine remains dire as Russia sieges the capital.

"We are in the center of Kyiv, we are here to protect Ukraine," said Poroshenko, while wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Russian forces were a "little bit more than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from here," he reveals.

"This is very difficult to explain," he added.

a video shows petro poroshenko in battle gear among citizens in the streets of kyiv © press
A video shows Petro Poroshenko in battle gear among citizens in the streets of Kyiv

"What does it mean in the 21st century, in the middle of Europe, to be awakened by the Russian missile attack, by Russian airborne attack?" Poroshenko says in the video.

The former president also thanked the international community for supporting Ukraine in the war noting it serves as "a great demonstration that Ukraine and its people are not alone."

"We want to be free," he continued.

"We want to be democratic.

"And we want to return back our country to the European family.

"Putin hates Ukraine, he hates Ukrainians."

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Poroshenko served in office 2014-2019, losing his re-election bid to current President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

ukraine citizens are rising up against russia and refuse to stand by while they invade © press
Ukraine citizens are rising up against Russia and refuse to stand by while they invade

Vitali Klitschko, the current Kyiv mayor, and his brother, Wladimir Klitschko, a retired pro boxer, also joined the Ukrainian military to fight against Russia, writing on a LinkedIn post that was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Putin wants to call into question the geopolitical balance across the whole of Europe, he dreams of being the defender of the Slavic peoples wherever they live, and he wants to restore a fallen empire whose demise he has never accepted," Klitschko wrote.

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