Member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Sergey Zheleznyak commented on the results of the presidential elections in Ukraine.
According to the politician: “The final calculations of interest, confirming Poroshenko’s defeat and Zelensky’s victory in the presidential elections of Ukraine, no longer matter. The main conclusion regarding the elections – the Ukrainians are terribly tired of corruption, war, impoverishment, chaos, lies of the authorities in the person of Poroshenko and everything connected with it. The last five years of the failed policy of the Ukrainian authorities have created conditions under which the Ukrainian voter voted not so much for Zelensky, but against Poroshenko.
The complete loss of citizens’ trust in the outgoing leadership of Ukraine by chance and sponsors brought an inexperienced politician to power who was known mainly for his film and TV roles. At the same time, it is not even important for the voters that not a single real-life policy statement on economic, social issues and the resolution of the crisis in the Donbas has been heard from Zelensky during the entire election campaign.
All the statements of Mr. Zelensky regarding his view on resolving the situation in the Donbas and in terms of further relations with Russia are still a matter of wariness. Obviously, there is no intelligible plan of action for the “independent” leader in terms of both internal and external issues. It is also clear that the anti-Russian theme is likely to remain one of the most painful for the new authorities of Ukraine.
The newly elected president of Ukraine will undoubtedly become the object of pressure from Western and Ukrainian Russophobic circles. However, if he goes on about it, it will not bring any positive changes for the citizens of Ukraine, and Zelensky will quickly lose the support of those who expect changes for the better. As far as the new head of the Ukrainian government succeeds in existing realities, act independently and correct the chaos left by the predecessor, will show the very near future, since elections are due in the fall to the Verkhovna Rada, which will either preserve or bury the current success of Zelensky.”