What has Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko achieved in three years, and where has he failed?

Kyiv Post - - Opinion - WITH MARIYA KAPINOS MARIONKAPI­[email protected]

Oleg Zhyzhyian self-em­ployed

I think every­thing that’s go­ing on in Ukraine now started a long time ago, dur­ing the pre­vi­ous revo­lu­tion. What Poroshenko achieved was to re­place one po­lit­i­cal clan with an­other. He just made the en­tire coun­try be­lieve in an il­lu­sion. That’s hard to do, so for him it’s def­i­nitely an achieve­ment.

Maria Bra­han English and French tu­tor

I think it’s good that we chose Poroshenko to be the head of our state. In my opin­ion, it’s bet­ter to have such a pres­i­dent, rather than not. But in the fu­ture I’d like Ukraine’s pres­i­dents to be a lit­tle younger so they weren’t con­nected with the crim­i­nal life of the 1990s..

Olena Kukharchuk stu­dent

Poroshenko im­ple­mented a visa-free regime (with the EU), and that’s his big­gest achieve­ment. His big­gest draw­back is that dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign Poroshenko promised that in a year Crimea would be Ukrainian again. He hasn’t kept that prom­ise.

Erik Gu­menuk stu­dent

I think Poroshenko shouldn’t be a pres­i­dent. When (ousted Ukraine’s ex-Pres­i­dent Vik­tor) Yanukovych was a pres­i­dent one dol­lar was eight hryv­nias. Yes, (Yanukovych) was steal­ing, and ev­ery­one knew it. Poroshenko also steals and takes other peo­ple’s busi­nesses, but he hides it.

Olga Murashko store as­sis­tant

Thanks to Poroshenko, we’re mov­ing closer to Europe. I think it’s won­der­ful that he im­ple­mented the visa-free regime. Peo­ple will travel, im­prove them­selves, and see the world. But at the same time, I don’t think this visa-free regime will help poor peo­ple. Those Ukraini­ans haven’t trav­elled, and they aren’t go­ing to start.

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