Petro Poroshenko tells GB News Russia’s latest missile strikes are an attack 'against the whole free world’

Russia launched a series of apparent missile strikes on Ukraine's cities in retaliation for the attack on a bridge linking Russia and Crimea.

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The former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has claimed that Russia's missile strikes against Ukraine are an attack "against the whole free world".

Russia launched a series of apparent missile strikes on Ukraine's cities, seemingly in retaliation for the attack on a bridge linking Russia and Crimea.

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv was targeted for the first time in months, while there were also reports of explosions in Dnipro, Lviv, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr and Kropyvnytskyi.

Russia launched a series of apparent missile strikes on Ukraine's cities, seemingly in retaliation for the attack on a bridge linking Russia and Crimea.
Russia launched a series of apparent missile strikes on Ukraine's cities, seemingly in retaliation for the attack on a bridge linking Russia and Crimea.

The timing of the attacks suggests they were a response to Ukraine’s strike against the Kerch Bridge, the crossing between Russia and annexed Crimea which has both strategic and symbolic importance.

Russian President Mr Putin called the attack “a terrorist act” masterminded by Ukrainian special services.

Joining GB News' Gloria De Piero and Mark Longhurst, former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reflected on the aftermath of the attack, saying: “He [Vladimir Putin] wants to make us afraid, he wants to disunite us. Ukraine has demonstrated we are unbreakable we are not afraid of Putin. We do not trust Putin.”

He added: “This is an attack not only Ukraine, this is an attack against the UK, against France, against the U.S, this is against the whole free world.”

Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

He went on to explain the result of the attack was the “opposite” of what Vladimir Putin wanted, saying: “We are together, we are not afraid, we are full of decisiveness to throw Putin away from Ukrainian soil. This is the evidence that Ukraine is unbreakable.”

The attacks prompted an international outcry, with Liz Truss and fellow leaders of G7 nations expected to hold crisis talks on Tuesday with Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Asked what he wanted to be achieved by crisis talks between G7 nations, Poroshenko said: “The G7 nations should follow the example of the Baltic states and others and name Russia as a country sponsored terrorist.”