President Petro Poroshenko, a 53-year-old billionaire with a chocolate empire, came to energy in 2014 soon after a pro-Western uprising ousted Ukraine’s Russia-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich.

More than the final 5 years, his reputation dropped in spite of his efforts to be observed as a passionate fighter for Ukraine’s territorial unity, as effectively as the champion of the country’s dream of integration with the European Union and NATO.

Poroshenko has positioned himself as the only politician capable to take on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin who led the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

The incumbent has reinforced the Ukrainian army that is battling Moscow-backed rebels in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The conflict that has killed far more than 13,00 individuals, according to the United Nations.

Poroshenko also ratified the Association Agreement with the European Union, the document that enabled Ukrainians to trade with and travel to Europe devoid of restrictions.

The president also secured the independence of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church from its Russian counterpart.

Poroshenko positions himself as the only politician capable to take on Putin [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]

But Poroshenko failed to rid the nation of corruption or recover the cash stolen from Ukraine’s coffers throughout Yanukovich’s rule.

Ukrainians blame Poroshenko for the lack of reforms and the deterioration of living requirements given that 2014.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Tetiana Sokolova, a 60-year-old pensioner, acknowledged the war made it tricky for Poroshenko to fulfill his promises, but nonetheless blamed him for deteriorating living requirements.

Ukraine election: Petro Poroshenko remains unpopular in Odessa

“Beneath Poroshenko, our typical of living lowered even far more. I became a pensioner below his administration. I have a 30-year function encounter as a kindergarten teacher and I acquire 1,600 hryvnia [$58], they lately raised it by 100 hryvnia [$3.6],” she mentioned, tearing up.

“I am really unsatisfied with the present government. They are all thieves in law.”

Struggle for reelection

Poroshenko came second in the 1st round of presidential elections on March 31, securing significantly less than 16 % of ballots – half of the frontrunner, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.

He sought to recover the lost ground by launching a specific court to attempt corruption circumstances and linking his rival to “Kremlin agents”.

Poroshenko also ordered the dismissal of the Odessa governor and fired the deputy head of foreign intelligence who reportedly has vast actual estate holdings in Russia.

Poroshenko is anticipated to shed Monday’s runoff vote by an even larger margin.

The father of 4 was born in Ukraine’s southwestern town of Bolgrad. Poroshenko studied economics and entered politics in 1998 when he became a lawmaker. 

He was 1 of the founders of Yanukovich’s Regions Celebration in 2000, but changed sides soon after the 2004 election extensively observed as rigged by Yanukovich.

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