Ukranian comedian-turned-President Volodymyr Zelensky has amused many with his hilarious WhatsApp presentation joking about Brexit, North Korea's nuclear missiles, and Russia's annexation of Crimea. The Ukrainian President reportedly aired the presentation at the 16th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting held from September 12 to September 14, 2019, during evening entertainment format dinner. The video was shared in a tweet by Indian police officer Rema Rajeshwari, who had friends at the conference in Ukraine. The hilarious spoof video imagines what a world leaders' WhatsApp group might look like.
The President of Ukraine made a presentation at a conference, this was his opening...— Rema Rajeshwari IPS (@rama_rajeswari) September 21, 2019
Hilarious take on the global state of affairs.
Part I👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/gHA4LbV5W7
Zelensky, who once played a hapless President on TV but was elected to the real-life presidency in April, poked fun at a range of global issues. These included Russia's annexation of Crimea and North Korea's nuclear ambitions, prompting uproarious laughter from the crowd at Yalta. In the video, a WhatsApp group titled World Leaders Group can be seen, where Zelensky introduces himself to his colleagues and is met with greetings in various languages.
As it proceeds, Britain's initial response is unintelligible, prompting bafflement from its European allies which is an allusion to Brexit. Just then Prince Harry comes in and says: 'Grandmother wanted me to write that she is very happy to see everyone, referring to the Queen. Making it further funnier, Zelensky adds the bit where America, Russia, and China squabble over who is the 'administrator of the group' - before Beijing and Moscow are summarily deleted.
There were a series of conversations following this in which Washington said it wants to invest in Ukraine, to which confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko, Zelensky's predecessor said: 'Better invest in chocolate production'. Ukraine then shifts the conversation to 'the credit issue', and the International Monetary Fund exits the group.
Afterwards, North Korea joins the group and is congratulated on its newfound internet access. However, Pyongyang said that it wasn't in its own country but ran over to South Korea for five minutes to get a connection. Replying to this, South Korea pops up with an emoji to which the North retaliates with three rocket stickers, symbolizing its secretive missile production. To save itself from the nuclear countries, US replies: 'Great stickers but you don't have to send them to me.' Texting a second line, America wrote: 'You are such a beautiful lady', but hastily deletes it and says it was sent to the wrong chat.
And then the topic changed to annexation issue to which Moscow responded: 'What do you think if we annex half of Great Britain?'. France, Germany and America promise sanctions, leading Russia to comment, 'So nobody has anything against it'. These messages indicate West's perceived inaction over the Ukraine crisis and the limited effectiveness of sanctions against Moscow.
Jumping from this topic to another, leaders ask about Trump's plans to buy Greenland from Denmark. Denmark says it is not for sale. China suggests, 'We can create a copy and sell it to you 10 times cheaper?'. Trump at that point claims that Russian hackers hacked his account, while yet an account named 'Russian Hackers' denies it.
Out of blue Ukraine suggests that everyone sends a selfie, prompting pictures of Zelensky, Trump, and Emmanuel Macron to appear in the chat. Poland's neighbour Belarus struggles with the task and can only provide a zoomed-in picture of strongman Alexander Lukashenko's distinctive moustache. Amongst all the chats, Finland had been typing for a long time and suddenly sends a 'hi' with a symbolic reference to its complex language.
Munnar's first female IPS Officer Rajeshwari, who shared the video, said Zelensky had given a formal presentation in the morning and then aired the comedy video during dinner that evening. The video was also shared by journalist Christopher Miller who was at the conference earlier this month. Studio Kvartal-95, the production company where Zelensky worked as a comedian is said to have put together the video. Zelensky came to power in April 2018 beating Poroshenko in the second round of elections.