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Song in Kiev bar: US diplomatic chief criticized by Ukrainians – 05/15/2024 at 5:36 pm.

On a surprise two-day visit to Kiev, where he continued to show America’s support for Ukraine, Antony Blinken ended his day at an underground bar in Kiev.

Anthony Blinken, in Ukraine, May 14, 2024. (Pool/Brendan Smialovsky)

“Inappropriate”, “misunderstanding”, “failure to communicate”… US diplomatic chief Anthony Blinken’s concert at a bar in Kyiv did not go down well with some Ukrainians, who judged on Wednesday. In the midst of the Russian offensive in the northeast, May 15 was incongruous.

“One word is enough to describe what happened in Kyiv last evening for US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken: inappropriate,” Svitlana Matvienko, director of an NGO specializing in policy analysis, said on Facebook.

Like many of her companions, she says to herself

The Kharkiv region in the north-east was “infuriated” by the show as it was “devastated”.

A week after the Russian attack, he condemned the “absolute lack of understanding of the situation” and the “lack of empathy” of US officials.

He made a surprise two-day visit to Que, continuing to show US support for Ukraine.

Tuesday is an intense day of official meetings

With President Volodymyr Zelensky, playing guitar and humming Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” in a downtown basement bar.

“A Very Hard Time”

“I know it’s a very difficult time. Your soldiers, your citizens, especially in the northeast, in Kharkiv, are suffering a lot. But they should know, you should know.

America is with you

“, he said before the clock ticked.

For Bogdan Yaremenko, a presidential deputy and former diplomat, the situation was ill-chosen after months of delays in US military aid to Ukraine, which has weakened Ukrainian forces on the battlefield. “The message isn’t complicated, but it’s not getting through,” he said on Facebook.

“With all due respect, it was a mistake.”

Valery Tzaly, the former Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, expressed a similar opinion.

Antony Blinken’s concert drew the ire of some Ukrainians on social networks, with some internet users r.

Blames US officials for slow pace of US military aid.

“A model visit to communication failure,” summarizes Sergiy Sidorenko, editor of the influential news site Facebook.

Evropeiska Pravda

(“European truth” in French, editor’s note). “Public signals (sent) are not working as intended by their authors.”

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