Poroshenko Concedes Defeat
He vowed to continue working for Ukraine
While Volodomyr Zelenskyi was celebrating his victory, Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko made a concession speech after the results of the National Exit Poll had been announced.
Poroshenko thanked his election team, his supporters, and his family, promising to continue working in politics for Ukraine.
He also defended his legacy after five years in office.
“First of all, I would like to thank you for such great attention to the electoral process in Ukraine. And I’m absolutely glad that we succeeded and ensured free and fair democratic elections. No doubt that Ukraine has put a new high standard for the democratic electoral campaign, and I will accept the will of the Ukrainian people. And I am sincerely grateful for the international media for their unwavering support for Ukraine and myself during my presidential term. And every day and every minute of these five years, we felt useful,” he said.
Poroshenko said that he hopes that Ukraine will not lose its achievements over the five years that he was president including a focus on decentralization and the Tomos on autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“Although with Tomos everything may be much simpler. Because we got it not for a year or two, I hope we got it forever,” he said
Then, Poroshenko said that Ukraine has taken other progressive steps including reforming its military, making movements toward joining NATO and the European Union and raising the status of the state language, Ukrainian.
He urged the international community to continue to support Ukraine.