Ukraine profile

President: Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko Mr Poroshenko won the presidential election amid turmoil

Petro Poroshenko won the presidential election of May 2014 at a time of crisis which saw the ouster of his predecessor, the loss of the region of Crimea to Russia and a separatist rebellion in the east of the country.

The vote was seen as a critical step toward resolving Ukraine's protracted turmoil.

Mr Poroshenko, a billionaire chocolate factory owner, won an unprecedented first round victory in the elections which were held three months after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was chased from office by crowds following months of street protests.

Russia said it was ready to talk to Mr Poroshenko, raising hopes of an easing of tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

And Mr Poroshenko said he wanted to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union which had been at the heart of the crisis. Mr Yanukovych's last-minute rejection of the deal and decision to seek a Russian bailout triggered protests which led to his ouster.

Mr Poroshenko promised a dialogue with residents of eastern Ukraine and to guarantee their rights, including the right to speak Russian. He also promised to quickly end the revolt there.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Europe stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • FrogsBright...but deadly

    The vivid skin of the Amazon's golden poison arrow frog contains toxins strong enough to kill a human


  • Islamic StateClick Watch

    Can the location of Islamic State militants be found with open source data?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.