On February 11th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko proved himself a gallant and sensitive leader, when he came out of his car to console a crying little boy.
Президент вже сів в машину й кортеж мав їхати, але , мабуть , й через скло почув плачі маленького хлопчиська , який…
Iryna Gerashchenko is currently the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, also serving as President’s Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbass.
According to the post:
“The president had already entered the car and the motorcade was ready to go, but, apparently, he heard a little boy crying through the glass, whose loud sobs could be heard over the whole Borispol street. The neighbor boy waited about an hour for the president to leave the house, over which Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags were flying, simply to get a photograph with his country’s leader. And to not be able to get one,” – Gerashchenko writes. – “The president got out of the car and took a selfie. The children rushed home happy – showing off the photo. The motorcade departed for Bankova street.”
Then a few hours later another post followed, showing the selfie with the child and Poroshenko.
Тим часом наш доблесний фб продовжує цькувати не лише дорослих, які дозволити сказати добре слово про Президента , але…
“Meanwhile, our valiant Facebook is being harassed by both adults and children, who cannot allow us to say a good word regarding the President. Now, after Adi Rogovtsevo and Podereviansky, the victim of harassment is a little boy who dreamed of a selfie with the president. He dared to take a photo and gladly put it on Facebook. And I then dared to write a post not about politics, but about a boy and a selfie. Come on, come on.
P.S. President visited a neighboring house, of the known director of “Кіборгів”. The neighbor boy was waiting until he got to do the selfie. A wonderful and cute story. Not about politics.
I personally will remove from friends all those who allow themselves to bully children. Let me be clear.”
The story would have ended there and then, but one of the individuals who were “harassing” the boy’s selfie made an interesting point.
Almost exactly a month earlier, on January 8th, Russian media published a story about Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to it, while leaving the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Putin got out of his car, stopping the motorcade.
He did that simply to console a little girl and to take a photo with her.
The story is as follows: the little girl burst into tears right outside of the motorcade, because she saw that Putin had already entered the car and the motorcade was about to leave.
According to the reports, she was upset because she had not had the chance to take a photo with the President.
“Don’t cry, why are you crying?” Putin asked. After several photographs, the president returned to the car.
Of course, naturally things like this happen and it is possible that both Poroshenko and Putin’s stories are true, or maybe they are both fake. Or maybe Poroshenko’s staff just copied the story for PR purposes.
If the reality of the situation is that Poroshenko’s staff did, in fact, copied the story about Putin. The question stands: Why does the Ukrainian President mimick a person who he constantly accuses of being an aggressor?