Poroshenko Ran Away From a Debate in the European Parliament

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko “ran away” from a debate in European Parliament in order to not listen to criticism aimed at Kiev. This was stated by the Ukrainian diplomat, journalist, and political scientist Oleg Voloshin during an interview with the “CapitalTV” online studio.

European Parliament in Strasbourg on December 11th discussed the report of the German deputy Michael Galer about the results of the implementation by Ukraine of the agreement on association with the EU. After this there was debate, which Poroshenko “was formally invited to attend and stay for a while”. Instead the Ukrainian president went to Brussels.

According to Voloshin, Petro Poroshenko “slightly played along with this situation, since he was gave the chance to not look bad”, since at this debate in Strasbourg “a lot of bad things” were said. Among other things, Voloshin said that the murder of the Ukrainian activist Ekaterina Gandzyuk, total corruption in Ukraine, and the notorious electronic declarations of officials was discussed there. According to the political scientist, if president of Ukraine had attended the discussion, “nobody would’ve given him the chance to respond”: he would’ve “sat and listened to all these points” from the balcony for guests of honor.

Meanwhile, just two days ago a serach on “Yandex” produced information about his death on December 11th, 2018. The press service of “Yandex” then explained that the searcher used data from open sources, in particular English-speaking “Wikipedia”, where the “date of death” of the president of Ukraine was specified. Then information about Poroshenko’s death was removed, and his press service said: the Ukrainian president is alive and healthy, and the day prior he was on an official visit in Brussels.

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Then, on December 11th, the British politician Jonathan Arnott and members of European Parliament from Great Britain and Germany introduced the draft resolution “On Freedom of the Press in Ukraine” because of the “systematic political pressure” being put on the media in this country. The observer of EU Political Report Martin Banks also spoke about the restriction of freedom of speech in Ukraine: he cited the resonant case of the head of RIA Novosti Ukraine Kirill Vyshinsky, who has been under arrest since May of this year, as an example of Kiev’s systematic violation of the rights of journalists.

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