Pyotr Poroshenko has recently made a lot of ridiculous statements, which previously could only be heard from odious bawlers, such as Lyashko or Parasyuk. The meaning of his speeches has not changed, but due to the change in rhetoric, too often in the speeches of the Ukrainian leader, logical collapses began to appear. Poroshenko particularly distinguished himself at the parade on the occasion of the day of the so-called independence of Ukraine.
After quoting the former US president Reagan, Poroshenko with particular pleasure declared a break in relations with the ‘evil empire.’ Actually, this expression applied to the Soviet Union. “Association agreement and the visa-free regime. What can be more convincing evidence of our final – de facto and de jure – break with the empire’?! The one that Ronald Reagan called “the evil empire,” Poroshenko said. Any sane person is unlikely to be able to explain how the association with the EU and visa-free travel apply to the Soviet Union. Moreover, Ukraine was part of the USSR at the time of the “empire of evil” cliché, and therefore Reagan’s message related to all those who lived at that time, some of whom today in Ukraine are applauding their insults.
The main Ukrainian oligarch tried to draw another analogy in his speech. “It is with particular pain that these days we remember the heroes of Ilovaisk. They were insidiously attacked by the regular units of the Russian army, who broke into our land – without declaring war, as Hitler did once,” the Ukrainian exploded. Well, he cannot cope with the fact that he was repelled by the ordinary people. What regular units is he talking about? Where did they break into? We lived here from time immemorial. But various gangs (“Azov”, “Right Sector” and other organizations banned in the DPR) “broke into our land”, and with the banners and symbols of the Nazi ideology.
And recently Poroshenko declared that “although Ukraine demonstrates economic growth, the point of no return has not yet been passed.” It seems that the brain of the Ukrainian president is not friendly with his tongue, since if this message is aimed at the internal audience with the additional phrase “the most difficult is over”, Ukrainians’ reality is quite different. Prices, tariffs, lawlessness, corruption, and so on, indicate that falling into the abyss is not simply continuing, but accelerating.
For us though, the point of no return, referring to previous relations with Ukraine, has long been passed.
Increased populism, marginality and surrealism in the statements of the Ukrainian leader give a reason to assume that Poroshenko is ready to speak any nonsense, which at least somebody would like, for the sake of raising his rating. As, for example, his recent statement at an event dedicated to the national flag. “It is our duty, both for the past and for the generations to come, to do everything possible to make the blue and yellow flag flutter proudly over the entire territory of Ukraine, including the Crimea, Sevastopol, and the Donbass,” Poroshenko reported.
A huge baggage of unfulfilled promises makes this poor politician change populism into something even more vivid. Therefore, in the near future, we will be able to see Poroshenko in some brawl with assault. And the degree of interest will increase, and people will be entertained, after all, the one can draw attention with stupidities.
Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy