During a recent visit to France, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sent out a controversial tweet saying that terrorism is a “daily reality for Ukraine.” The tweet triggered vociferous condemnations for trying to tie Ukraine to the Paris tragedy, as well as essays and op-eds in the Ukrainian media defending Poroshenko’s comparison.
Poroshenko is both right and wrong. Certain areas of Ukraine have indeed been subjected to terrorism; the similarities with France, however, end there.
On January 24, Russian-backed separatists shelled the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing 31 civilians and injuring over 100. Mariupol is near the front lines, but had not …read more
Source: European Voice