Ukraine Foreign Minister Calls Putin A ‘D*ckhead;’ Russia Explodes
It was not the most diplomatic term for a so-called diplomat. Ukraine’s foreign minister casually referred to Vladimir Putin as the Russian equivalent of “dickhead.”
Andriy Deshchytsia’s salty comment, which he made while trying to reason with protesters outside the Russian embassy in Ukraine, sparked calls from Russia for his resignation.
Deshchytsia showed up at the embassy in response to sometimes-violent protests outside the embassy. Ukrainians overturned cars and broke windows at the embassy over the weekend after pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian military plane, killing all 49 people aboard.
After Deshchytsia tried to calm the crowd, he was shouted down. According to The Guardian, he then said, ” I am for you protesting. I am ready to be here with you and say ‘Russia, get out of Ukraine.’ … Yes, Putin is a khuilo, yes.”
The Guardian translates “khuilo” as a Russian swearword that means “f—er ” or “dickhead.”
One view is that this helped diffuse a tense situation.
Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, took a different tone, praising the “skilled diplomat” Deshchytsia on Twitter for “seeking to defuse a dangerous situation.”
@zikifa @j_parus Agree. Great credit to @ADeshchytsia for seeking to defuse a dangerous situation. A skilled diplomat and credit to #Ukraine