‘We respect unique Indian culture’: Ukraine apologises for ‘Kali’ tweet

Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova

‘We respect unique Indian culture’: Ukraine apologises for ‘Kali’ tweet

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s official handle (@DefenceU) put out the tweet, which was captioned “Work of art”. The illustration was created by Ukrainian artist Maksym Palenko.

Two days after a purportedly offensive tweet on Goddess Kali by the country’s Defence Ministry, Ukraine has expressed regret.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s official handle (@DefenceU) put out the tweet, which was captioned “Work of art”. The illustration was created by Ukrainian artist Maksym Palenko.

The post, which has now been deleted, caused a massive outrage on social media. Many termed it “hate speech”, while several others sought External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s intervention on the matter.

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova, who had recently visited India, expressed regret over the depiction of Goddess Kali in a “distorted manner” by the Defence Ministry, saying her country and its people respect “unique Indian culture”.

“We regret @DefenceU depicting Hindu goddess Kali in a distorted manner,” Dzhaparova said in a tweet, adding, “Ukraine and its people respect unique Indian culture and highly appreciate support. The depiction has already been removed… Ukraine is determined to further increase cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect and friendship.”

Dzhaparova was in India last month, soliciting support from New Delhi in the wake of the Russian offensive, which has been going on for over a year. She had said that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be happy to address the G20 summit in New Delhi, to be held in September this year. Dzhaparova had also asked India to involve Ukrainian representatives in the G20 meetings, as the war had impacted the global economy.

In fact, ever since the Russia-Ukraine conflict began in February 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy several times. In a phone conversation with Zelenskyy in October last year, Modi had said there can be “no military solution” and that India is ready to contribute to any peace efforts.

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