Ukraine’s Defence Ministry Apologises For Offensive Tweet Depicting Hindu Goddess Kali:
The Ukrainian Defence Ministry faced online backlash after posting an offensive tweet depicting the Hindu Goddess Kali in a distorted manner. The tweet was later deleted and Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova issued an apology.
The Offensive Tweet: On April 30, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry tweeted a picture of a blast with an improvised picture by Ukrainian artist Maksym Palenko. The picture depicted the blast in a unique yet offensive blend of famous American actress Marilyn Monroe in her ‘flying skirt’ pose with the face and detailing resembling Hindu Goddess ‘Maa Kali’.
The controversial tweet and its immediate backlash:
The tweet triggered massive online outrage, with users calling for an apology and the tweet to be taken down. Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova issued an apology, stating that Ukraine “regrets” the defence ministry’s depiction of goddess Kali in a “distorted manner” and that the country “respects unique Indian culture and highly appreciates support from India”.
Ukrainian minister’s recent visit to India:
Ms Dzhaparova had recently visited India, the first visit by a Ukrainian minister to India since the start of the Ukraine war in February last year. During the visit, the Ukrainian minister held talks with Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi.
Here are some key points about Ukraine:
- Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the north, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west, and Romania and Moldova to the southwest.
- The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv (also spelled Kiev), and Ukrainian is the official language.
- The population of Ukraine is approximately 44 million people.
- Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
- The current President of Ukraine is Volodymyr Zelensky, who was elected in April 2019.
- Prior to his political career, Zelensky was a comedian, actor, and producer.
- Ukraine has a parliamentary system of government, with a unicameral legislature known as the Verkhovna Rada.
- The economy of Ukraine is the 27th largest in Europe and relies heavily on exports, particularly in the areas of steel, agriculture, and energy.
- Ukraine has been involved in a conflict with Russia since 2014, which began with the annexation of Crimea by Russia and has escalated into a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.