There is a bad atmosphere around Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It is an atmosphere of opposition to the conduct of the war, to the way Ukrainian citizens and the West have been told, and to the administration of power during more than 21 months of martial law. The criticism comes primarily from his political opponents, who have become vocal in a way that would have been unimaginable only a year ago. More precisely, they also come from abroad, where part of the American establishment and public opinion are increasingly opposed to unspecified support for Ukraine. Then there is the mayor of Kiev, former boxer Vitali Klitschko, a leader revered for leading the capital through difficult times, who thundered: “People wonder why we were not better prepared for this war.” Because Zelensky denied until the end that the matter had reached this point. There was a lot of information that did not correspond to reality. Of course we can lie to our people and our partners, but not forever.”
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Denial of the president’s political career that those close to Klitschko describe as having matured for some time, but, as we know, it is better to preserve it in times of war in order to give vent to it at the right moment, that is, when the country’s consensus towards the leader and external support begins to fade.
What’s more, in the name of fighting corruption and the dangers of pro-Russian internal groups, the leader never spared himself purges to surround himself with loyalists. This spirit also explains why Ukrainian border guards prevented former President Poroshenko from leaving the region last Friday. According to the security services, Poroshenko was rejected because of his scheduled meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Orban, who “systematically expresses an anti-Ukrainian position,” to the point that Moscow was going to use the meeting “in its information and psychological operations against Ukraine.” “Ukraine.” The accusations Orban returned to the sender, describing them as “internal political conflicts” which along with “certain political purges are an indication that Ukraine is not ready for EU membership.”
Then there is the former advisor to the Presidential Office, Aristovich, who has already announced his candidacy in the next elections (postponed to a later date) and who aims to overcome Zelensky with that painful realism that, according to him, the current president has never encountered before. He held out throughout the miserably failed counterattack, thus deceiving a people more than half of whom still wanted to fight to victory (60 percent, down from 70 percent a year ago, according to a Gallup poll) without having the means. . Finally, there is Chief of Staff Valerij Zalonezh, with whom Zelensky has been at loggerheads since the Battle of Bakhmut. There was an apparent disagreement between the two over the overall defense of the city, which was not a military strategy and which was generating a completely unjustified number of casualties for Zalozny, but the president now exposed himself before the US Congress, describing it as a battle that “will change the course of our war for independence and freedom.” .
We all know how that ended. Today, differences are escalating between the two most popular leaders in Ukraine. Regardless of the statements, the West does not want to know if the war in Ukraine will end, but rather when. Starting with the United States, which has great difficulty managing two conflicts at the same time in an election year. As for how to do this, some evidence came from the last meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group last October in Brussels, where, according to the American press, the American and European delegations began discussing possible “peace negotiations” with Moscow with Zelensky. and discussions that could become increasingly “urgent” at the end of the year or shortly thereafter.
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