Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On Twitter the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated the residents of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk on the “Day of liberation”, having noted that in these cities Ukrainians “feel like masters”.
Сьогодні жителі Слов’янська та Краматорська відчувають себе вільними громадянами Української держави та господарями рідної землі.
Чотири роки тому наші мужні захисники повернули мир у ці міста. Слава українським воїнам!
Донбас був, є і буде українським!#ДонбасЦеУкраїна pic.twitter.com/Y07gQu9JLp
— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) July 5, 2018
“Today the residents of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk feel like free Ukrainain citizens and the masters of their home land. Four years ago our courageous defenders returned peace to these cities. Glory to Ukrainian soldiers!” wrote Poroshenko.
Ukrainian social media users hurried to respond to the Ukrainian leader, having noted that over four years none of the locals of these cities have supported the current authorities in Kiev.
“It is precisely for this reason that people from western Ukraine are still brought there for filming, because the local residents don’t support the terrorist authorities,” wrote the user of Twitter under the nickname Surovkin.
One more Ukrainian social media user reminded Poroshenko of the fact that he didn’t remember about Crimea “for a long time”: “He forgot about Crimea. Or the hangover strongly impedes his brain?”
One participant of the discussion criticised the head of Ukraine and noted that it is hardly possible to say that the residents of these cities are free.
“How are they free if they are forced to put on embroidery?” wrote the indignant user Serzhio.
“And Kiev was and always will be Russian,” wrote one more participant of the conversation.
Slavyansk is a city located in the conflict zone in the southeast of Ukraine. The Kiev authorities in April, 2014 stated military operations against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which declared their independence after the coup in the country in the winter of the same year.
Earlier, being the mayor of Slavyansk, Oleg Zontov said that the Kiev authorities have brought the city to an environmental catastrophe.
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