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Olga Konsevych

How Politicians Wish Fellow Ukrainians Happy New Year

What might politicians wish in their New Year’s speeches, besides happiness, joy and well-being? Such words can be found on each greeting card. On the other hand, it is interesting to read in their greetings to understand how politicians evaluate the work done in the past year.

Viktor Yanukovych recording the New Year's greetings, source: president.gov.ua

Yanukovych in church

This year, the President of Ukraine recorded his Christmas and New Year greetings in the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. There was even a Christmas tree – of course, nowadays, the church takes the attributes of the holiday in its stride, but it is rather a pagan tradition. In almost every public statement Yanukovych mentions the success of Euro-2012. Here again he couldn’t go without it. The President also assured Ukrainians that “2013 should be a year of development and social justice“. It wasn’t a promise that the year would become so, no, it sounded as an order to some officials. Of particular interest is the following statement: “The basic principle of our foreign policy should be to defend the national dignity“. I do not know just who in the past year infringed the dignity of Ukrainians and why the President of Ukraine claimed its defence the main principle of foreign policy.

New Year greetings from the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych

Tymoshenko and balloons

In the message of the former Prime Minister, who is behind bars at the moment, there was no word about politics. “I wish you not to waste your precious time on things that are not worthy of love. Try to change your list of values ​​now, because in the past there is nothing what you can change“, wrote Tymoshenko from prison.

It should be noted that on the New Year’s Eve at  Independence Square (Maydan) in Kiev the banner “Freedom to Julia” also found its place. Near the main Christmas tree, party members launched into the sky red and white balloons with the banner attached to them. In Kharkiv, near the hospital № 5, where Tymoshenko is kept now, her supporters also staged a celebration.

Tymoshenko's supporters are celebrating the New Year in front of the hospital № 5, source: byut.com.ua

Klitschko is freezing under the Christmas tree

The leader of the party “UDAR”, Vitali Klitschko, also recorded his New Year’s greetings. Congratulations were pretty trivial. For example, the following sentence: “I know that each of you would like to live better. It all depends on you“.

Klitschko finished his speech with the following words: “Believe in yourself, believe in Ukraine“.

Still, these quite pretentious congratulations were recorded in a modest style. Klitschko is staying near an ordinary tree, and it is clear that he feels cold. He speaks Ukrainian, but not in a very confident manner. His words, however, are much more pleasant to listen to than the “polished” speech of the President of Ukraine.

New Year greetings from Vitali Klitschko

The results of the year from PM Azarov

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov not only congratulated Ukrainians, but also summed up the year 2012. Following the same path as the President, he recalled the success of Euro-2012, and expressed confidence that the government “had made a historic step on the way to association with the European Union“. Despite difficult relations with the West caused by the persecution of opposition and the unfulfilled commitments, this phrase still was uttered. Later the PM also added, on a positive note: “We will continue to raise salaries, pensions and social assistance to improve our education and health care. All this is the base for Ukrainian prosperity. This is what we strive for“. For example, from 1 January 2013 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has increased the minimum wage from 1134 hryvnia (about 106 euros) to 1.147 hryvnia (about 107 euros). These are the realities.

New Year greetings from the Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov

Greetings from prison

Little late the press service of the party “People’s Self-Defense” published congratulations from the former Interior Minister, Yuriy Lutsenko. In the video, one can note the microphone with the sign of “Channel 5”, as the record with greetings was made at the colony.

This year has been extremely difficult for Ukraine, but it brought a lot of reasons for optimism to those who believe in a temporary character of anti-Ukrainian authorities, who seized the throne of Ukraine,”said Lutsenko in his statement.

New Year greetings from Yuri Lutsenko

Translated by MA

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Olga Konsevych is currently studying for her PhD at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She has 6 years of journalism experience and specializes in writing articles related to the democratic changes in Ukraine and Post-Soviet states. Also, Olga works with NGOs in Poland, Moldova and Russia as a journalist and media expert on EU-Ukraine relations and the political situation in Ukraine.

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