21-minute New Year's address from Ukrainian President Zelenskiy angered citizens of the country
Vladimir Zelensky. Video frame: Volodymyr Zelensky / Facebook
The record-long New Year's address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy angered the country's citizens. They shared their opinion on the 21-minute speech of the head of state on the social network Facebook.
For example, journalist Olga Paliy wrote on her page that the president’s address “pissed her off” because, as she believes, “he personally has nothing to boast of and he has no plans to share.” “So I hid behind the backs of ordinary people and tried to hide the emptiness with chatter,” she wrote. In her opinion, Zelensky's appeal looked like “a fraudulent ploy to distract attention.” “It's like a captain who doesn't know where the ship is sailing. This is a potentially disastrous situation. And it's time for the captain to look for a replacement, ”concluded Paliy.
Former Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Andriy Reva said that Zelensky “has nothing to say to people.” “Just lie, lie insolently, disarm opponents with your impudence. Not being conducted? Do not get lost. Sprinkle sand in their eyes, ”he wrote.
In addition, the Ukrainians left negative comments under the post with the New Year's address on Zelensky's page. So, the user Yevgeny Viktorovich called the president a liar and noted that he was “almost sick of hypocrisy.” Anatoly Kidanov called the speech of the head of state “the most vile cynical” in 2021. “We listened to another block, another nonsense,” Sheina Rami wrote. “This is not a speech by the president. This is a theatrical production with one actor. The impression is that this is a school essay “, – says Larisa Larus.
In his New Year's address, Zelensky, in particular, called the end of the war in Donbass the main goal of his presidency, and also expressed his hope to “return” Crimea to the republic, as it was previously possible to return it to the world agenda.
Earlier it was reported that two Ukrainian TV channels on New Year's Eve showed an appeal to the citizens of the former president of the country, Petro Poroshenko, instead of congratulating the current head of state, Volodymyr Zelensky. Thus, the Pryamiy channel at 23:56 began broadcasting Poroshenko's speech. After midnight, viewers were able to watch the video from Zelensky. In the broadcasting network of Channel 5, the address of the Ukrainian leader was shown long before the New Year, and the ex-president's congratulations began at 23:56 and ended at 00:00. The TV channels in question belonged to the former Ukrainian president and broadcast Poroshenko's congratulations for the third year in a row.