Ukrainian MPs, listed by Russia in their recent sanction list, staged a performance in the Verkhovna Rada, the parliament of Ukraine, and read their letter to Vladimir Putin. Several politicians put on vyshyvankas, traditional hats of lambskin and sable, used a goose quill as a pen, drawing analogy with a painting by Russian artist Ilya Repin “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks” (1880–1891) – a famous canvas depicting Cossacks sending a reply to an ultimatum of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed IV, on his demand to surrender without any resistance back in 1676.
The text of the message is styled in a cossak manner, the addressee is called a “Moscow devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself”.
The full text in translation:
“To Vladimir Putin, on November 7, 2018 year of Our Lord.
O president, Moscow devil and damned devil's kith and kin, secretary to Lucifer himself.
What the devil kind of knight are thou, that canst not slay a hedgehog with your naked arse?
Thou shalt not, thou son of a whore, make subjects of Ukrainian sons; we have no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee.
So the Ukrainian people declare, you lowlife.
You won't even be herding pigs for the Christians.
Now we'll conclude, for we know the date and own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year in the book, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!”
As we reported earlier, on November 1, Russia imposed sanctions against 322 Ukrainians and 38 Ukrainian companies, while President Poroshenko was not included into the list and the Kremlin explained why. Besides, the sanctions list can be extended or shortened as the Russian government reported.
In his turn, Poroshenko stated that 'the Russian decision on the sanctions was not unexpected'.
The National Bank also commented on Russia’s actions – the representatives of the institution stated that the sanctions would not significantly influence Ukraine’s macro-stability.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called this a beginning of a 'multi-episode series'.