#Commentary of Elena Melnik on Poroshenko’s statement to host Ukraine-EU summit in Donetsk
Poroshenko, following the failed Ukraine-EU summit, made several bond statements, in one of which he expressed hope for the holding of the following events in Donetsk and Yalta. Naturally, this farce has nothing to do with reality. But nevertheless, the increase in populism in the rhetoric of the Ukrainian president has a certain meaning.
To understand that Poroshenko desperately struggles for the electorate and the elementary preservation of its low rating, it is necessary to recall similar populist statements by Ukrainian politicians. Ex-Minister of Defense of Ukraine Valery Gelethey promised in 2014 that he would hold the Victory Parade in Sevastopol at his post. Does he really hope to lead the Ukrainian military department once again, since he has long lost his job?
Neo-Nazi elements from the formation of “Azov” (forbidden in the DPR organization – ed.) and the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Shukhevych several times declared their claims to the Kuban. Even the Ukrainian media are trying to stay away from these radicals, although neo-Nazis still have enough forces.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Turchinov said that he wanted to end the conflict in the Donbass only when he would take Moscow. But these words were considered a joke by the media.
And now Poroshenko voiced offensive plans. This radical populism does not correlate with the real state of affairs. Even the media presented this statement as ‘hope’ of the president of the country. But after all Poroshenko has already got away with one ‘hope’ – the ‘ATO’ will last not months, but hours.”
Is there still someone in Ukraine who believes in Poroshenko’s ‘hopes’?
Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy