He said at a press conference Challenges 2018, Censor.NET reports.
"I understand this discontent. But the economy was dead when we came to power. The banking system was actually insolvent. Then Russia attacked us, annexed Crimea. We had to find funds for defense given that we lost more than 20 percent of the economy. We restored the economic growth. But this recovery is insufficient for normal pensions and salaries," Poroshenko said.
The president noted that he was not satisfied with such a slow pace of changes. Poroshenko also stressed that it was necessary to make every effort to revive Ukraine’s middle class.