A gun salute in the centre of Kiev is officially called a salute for the visit of the President of Malta, but everyone understands that this is a form of psychological pressure on protesters near the Verkhovna Rada. At the same time, Poroshenko appealed to law enforcement officials to ensure the peaceful nature of protests near the parliament.
It is a manifestation of the usual dissonance of the Ukrainian authorities – to say one thing and do the opposite.
Saakashvili asked the president to resign, claiming that no good would ever come as long as Poroshenko was still a president. But, it is also applies to his persona – but who cannot see a log in own eye?
Today, on October 17, a number of Ukrainian political parties and social movements hold protest near the Verkhovna Rada to support a ‘large-scale’ political reform. Basic requirements: to enact laws on parliamentary immunity restriction, anti-corruption court and new electoral rules.
Poroshenko has to be like a snake on a gridiron. He already pretends that the action is not meant to be a protest one but to support his initiatives, as he stated in a briefing after his meeting with the President of Malta.
We have seen how the political weathervane of Poroshenko tends to change its direction depending on a situation: Earlier this year, the Ukrainian president formally approved the blockade against the Republics, despite the fact that he had been initially opposed, realizing the economic damage would be inflicted on Ukraine. We will see how long he can lead what he is not able to prevent.
Vladimir Bidyovka, the DPR People’s Council deputy