Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has been spotted among citizens in Kyiv wearing battle armor, a video online shows.
In the video, Poroshenko said the situation in Ukraine remained dire as Russia sieged the capital.
“We are in the center of Kyiv, we are here to protect Ukraine,” said Poroshenko, who is seen wearing a bullet-proof vest. He said Russian forces were a “little bit more than 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from here.”
Poroshenko said his battalion is about two to three kilometers (about 1.5 miles) from the fighting between Russian and Ukrainian soldiers.
He said Ukraine needs the West’s assistance, including sanctions, kicking Russia out of SWIFT — a high security messaging network that connects thousands of financial institutions around the world — and blocking Russian planes and ships in EU and NATO ports.
Poroshenko also thanked the United States and United Kingdom for providing defense weapons.
During the live broadcast from Ukraine, a soldier had a moment he wishes he could get back.
As the former president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, spoke to Sky News, a soldier behind him loses his magazine from his weapon. You can see the embarrassment in his eyes as he tries to turn the gun away from the cameras to hide the epic fail.
Watch the video here