"We will definitely return home 204 Ukrainian prisoners held by the Russian-backed militants. I also believe that Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko will also be home soon," he said.

"I do my best step by step so that Ukraine can live in peace. We need this peace to revive our economy," Poroshenko said.

"If the war in the east of Ukraine ends, 2016 could be a year of economic recovery," he added.