Russian propaganda media on Jan 24 set up a provocation against the Ukrainian leader during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where an unidentified female journalist wearing a “vyshyvanka”, Ukraine's traditional embroidered shirt, addressed Petro Poroshenko with a manipulative question on a Donbas reintegration law.
As reported by TSN, the journo was heard shouting to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: "Why did you pass the law on war?"
Poroshenko first advised that the reporter not wear the “vyshyvanka”, adding that he would answer the question if it is asked in Ukrainian. The provocateur suggested that "the Ukrainian president understands the Russian language perfectly."
Read alsoEU comments on Ukraine’s new Donbas reintegration law"I understand both English and the other language, but I answer questions in Ukrainian," Poroshenko replied.
Security officials then escorted the woman off the premises. According to the rules of the forum, the journalist can now be denied accreditation.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on January 18, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law "On the special aspects of the state policy on securing the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions" (No. 7163). The document recognizes the temporary occupation of part of Ukraine by Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that the new legislation breaks up Minsk accords. MFA Russia also labeled the law “preparation for a new war”.
The bill says that Russia's armed aggression began with the undeclared and covert invasion of Ukraine by units of the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation, as well as with masterminding and supporting terrorist activities.
Read alsoKremlin rejects idea of bearing responsibility for war-torn DonbasParts of Ukrainian territory where armed formations of the Russian Federation and the administration of the Russian occupation have established and exercise general effective control have been designated as temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The draft law says that activities of the armed formations of the Russian Federation and the administration of the Russian occupation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions are considered to be those that contradict international humanitarian law and are illegal, and any act issued in relation to such activity is invalid. The draft law states that Russia shall be held liable for moral, financial or physical damage inflicted on the State of Ukraine, government authorities and local self-government agencies, individuals and legal entities.