Putin Signs Ceasefire Agreement With Worrying ‘Wink Wink’ Emoji
WORLD leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief following the announcement that a ceasefire was declared by Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels with terms signed by Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.
However, the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels now seems to be in doubt following revelations that Vladimir Putin, whose signature was given in active support of the ceasefire, included a worrying ‘wink wink’ emoji.
Over 5,000 people have lost their lives since the conflict began with many experts believing a winking emoji-free ceasefire to be an essential step toward peace.
“Admittedly the emoji, which was expertly drawn by hand by Putin, could merely be an expression of satisfaction and happiness at the side’s reaching a peaceful short term solution,” explained BBC correspondent Giles Craddock, “it could however be the handy work of someone who is not entirely serious about maintaining a peaceful stance in the region”.
“Context is everything when it comes to emojis,” admitted emoji and international diplomacy expert Johann Somma,”Mr. Putin could have been happy but often the ‘wink wink’ emoji is laced deep cynicism and sarcasm. We would obviously hope this isn’t the case”.
Putin was asked by journalists about the emoji as he left Belarus this morning, but simply winked back at them, meaning it is incredibly hard to derive the intended meaning from his recent spate of winks.
“I’m still unsure if a real wink enhances or cancels out an emoji wink, there is very little research done on this to date,” explained Somma.
The ceasefire came 16 hours after talks began in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Many credited the breakthrough to the leaders’s growing annoyance at having to urinate in the pot plant in the corner of the locked negotiation room.