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Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


A serious competitor to the beggars in Times Square appeared this week. It is the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who arrived this week in the United States at the 71st General Assembly of the UN in order to do his unhealthily favourite thing – begging. Moreover, the scale of wandering rogue Poroshenko is very large, because the Ukrainian leader is very interested in numbers with nine zeros (and more).

The visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the United States presupposed only one aim – to “spotlight” himself so that the Western establishment supports Ukraine and also allocates the next tranche. However, no matter how hard the “candy magnate” tried, in fact he was left with empty pockets and the illusive hopes for a positive outcome in the future.

Already from the very beginning of his visit at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, it became clear that he was not awaited there. Instead of a wide red carpet on the stairway of the presidential plane, the little carpet like a doorstep rug was laid out for him, on which the particularly attentive people even saw traces of impressive abrasion.


Further, Poroshenko’s arrival at the UN General Assembly could be remembered by how the visitor tried to show that he is interested in the main topic of the event – the migration crisis. The Ukrainian President presented the achievements of his country. As it became known, according to Poroshenko, Ukraine is a “buffer” for refugees on the path of migratory flows to Europe. Obviously, Petro does not understand what his country just became just another “transit state” through which it is easier for migrants to get into the European Union. Kiev doesn’t place any obstacles in their way.

In addition, meetings with representatives of American business circles also ended as a complete fiasco for Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian President was unable to attract new investors. Even though he offered “great” preferences, but there was no one wishing to invest in the “developing” and subject to modernization Ukrainian economy. Entrepreneurs refused even the “beneficial” proposals of privatization.

Besides this, Poroshenko once again was made to understand that he will not receive new tranches for his country just like that. A decision of the IMF on Ukraine happened, but it was not so desirable as Kiev wanted. In order to receive regular financial “assistance”, the Ukrainian establishment will have to raise the national retirement age, to adjust utility tariffs (of course, up), and start a massive fight against corruption. Kiev has demanded that Ukrainian officials openly provide information about their income and assets.

Poroshenko was also not able to “push” the issue of providing Ukraine with military assistance to the amount of $350 million. And also he didn’t succeed to close an already approved in 2014 by the Senate bill in a good way. Petro didn’t manage to uproot lethal weapons.

Overall, Poroshenko’s trip was boring and fruitless. He returned from the UN General Assembly with empty pockets. Because “independent” Ukraine today is hardly seen as an interesting country, rather, they want to get rid of it. But they just haven’t figured out how yet.

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