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Petro Poroshenko

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Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko is the fifth and current President of Ukraine, in office since 2014.

Ukraine is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.

A president is the leader of a country or a division or part of a country, typically a republic, a democracy, or a dictatorship.

Petro Poroshenko on Ukraine-US relations, Russia tensions by Fox News

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He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2011, and as the Minister of Trade and Economic Development in 2013.

Petro Poroshenko on Vladimir Putin: 'I don't trust him' by Fox News

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From 2008 until 2013, Poroshenko headed the Council of Ukraine's National Bank.

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Outside government, Poroshenko has been a prominent oligarch with a lucrative career in acquiring and building assets.

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His most recognized ownerships are Roshen, the large-scale confectionery company which has earned him the nickname of 'Chocolate King', and a TV channel 5 kanal, an all-news national TV broadcaster.

Roshen Confectionery Corporation is a Ukrainian confectionery manufacturing group, controlled by Petro Poroshenko.

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Due to the scale of his business holdings in manufacturing, agriculture and financial industry, his political influence that included several stints at government prior to his presidency, and ownership of an influential mass-media outlet, Poroshenko has long been considered one of the prominent Ukrainian oligarchs even though not the most influential among them.

The Ukrainian oligarchs are a group of business oligarchs that quickly appeared on the economic and political scene of Ukraine after its independence in 1991, just as happened in neighboring post-Soviet state Russia.

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He was elected president on 25 May 2014, capturing more than 54% of the vote in the first round, thereby winning outright and avoiding a run-off.

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