Donetsk, Sep 25 - DAN. Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko’s failing policy minimises his chances for re-election in 2019, Donetsk People’s Republic acting Foreign Minister, the Republic’s envoy to the Contact Group talks in Minsk Natalia Nikonorova said in an interview to the Donetsk News Agency.

“The Minsk Agreements are Ukraine’s diplomatic and military failure which the Ukrainian society associates with Poroshenko,” Nikonorova said. “He has a catastrophically low rating as the presidential candidate for the second term. It is difficult to predict what strategy he might choose. However, no matter what he does now in this respect, no matter how much he’d play up the Minsk process, it obviously won’t help him raise his rating.”

Poroshenko brought full discredit on himself in residents’ eyes as he has all the opportunities for a peaceful solution of the Donbass conflict but continues to speculate on the war “wheedling money or other assistance out of the West,” she added.

Ukraine will hold the presidential election in March 2019. September polls showed that Petr Poroshenko was the third-place candidate with a less than 10-percent support. Earlier reports said that showman Vladimir Zelenskiy, odious politician Oleg Lyashko and musician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk had got close to the incumbent president in terms of residents’ confidence.*jk