They would make a great Eurovision duo
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk have embarked on a European media tour in a desperate attempt to drum up support for their failing state. I immediately recognised Yatsenyuk's ranting on France 24 the other day — he probably holds the world record for most 'Putin' screams in a 30-second sound bite. Then Petro Poroshenko appeared the following day on the BBC, announcing that he didn’t 'trust Putin'.
Well, Putin doesn't trust you or your sidekick Yatsenyuk much either, Poroshenko; nor do the millions of Ukrainians who have been affected by bitter fighting and who face an increasingly gloomy economic future. This is most evident from a recent poll carried out by the Research and Branding Group, showing that 66.9% of Ukrainians (not including Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea) believe the country is going in the wrong direction. And you know things are not going well when the Kiev Post runs an article on accusations of Yatsenyuk's corruption, as they did last month.
With U.S. and European politicians signaling they're tired of the Ukrainian ranting, and Yatz and Petro's anti-Russian campaign losing momentum, it occurred to me there is yet hope for the infamous duo on next year's Eurovision Song Contest. Check out this beautiful rendition by Arseniy Yatsenyuk:
Incidentally it is a Russian song from the Soviet cinema classic Brilliantovaya Ruka. Not a word of Ukrainian to be heard.
Johanna Ganyukova is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh in Russian Studies and is currently completing an Msc at the University of Glasgow in Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies. She is RI’s Russian Media Editor
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