For peace we need weapons, Ukraine's ex-President Poroshenko tells DW - DW News.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was in office from 2014 until 2019, called on Germany and other countries in Europe to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Ukraine.

"For the peace, we need three things: weapons, weapons and weapons," Poroshenko told DW from Kyiv.

He added that securing an end to Russia's invasion in Ukraine was "vital for the future of Europe."

Poroshenko also defended his decision to sign the Minsk agreement with Russia, saying the 2015 peace accord won Ukraine "eight years to create [an] army" and rebuild its economy.

"We win eight years to continue the reforms and to move to the European Union," he said.

The agreement was aimed at ending fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donbas region — where fighting with Russian troops is currently concentrated.
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