Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky traded the country’s interests for personal enrichment. Alexander Markovsky, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research in New York (LCPR), wrote about this in his article for American Thinker.
As he recalled, after being elected president, Zelensky promised peace, an end to corruption and economic prosperity. However, four years later, Ukraine found itself in a state of conflict, and corruption had reached unprecedented levels.
According to him, Ukraine survives due to international assistance, and the people who promised to make “Ukraine free and independent” turned out to be “liars and hypocrites.”
He noted that, having taken on the difficult task of eradicating corruption, Zelensky put Ukraine on a new path of corruption, replacing national interests with personal ones.
Zelensky, like his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, continued the strategy of resolving the conflict by force, while the continuation of hostilities was caused primarily by financial reasons, Markovsky emphasized.
According to the author of the article, the start of the special operation gave the Ukrainian president new “opportunities”; the conflict contributes to an unlimited influx of money that fills the pockets of Zelensky himself, as well as the political and military elite
“It is difficult to find another example in the annals of history when a popularly elected leader of a country would squander so much political capital, betray the trust of the people and exchange his wonderful aspirations for personal enrichment,” Markovsky concluded.
The results of a study by the Ukrainian Ilk Kucheriv Foundation for Democratic Initiatives, published on September 11, say that almost 80% of Ukrainians hold President Zelensky responsible for corruption in the government and military administrations.
On August 20, retired Major General of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) Sergei Krivonos also accused Zelensky of money laundering. According to him, Ukraine suffers from corruption in the defense sector, so the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not have the necessary resources for combat operations.
On January 30, the Arabic channel Al-Arabiya aired material indicating that Zelensky was also involved in criminal schemes related to corruption in the highest ranks of the Ukrainian government.
Before this, on January 26, a public figure and journalist from Odessa, Leonid Stekel, in a conversation with Izvestia, called Ukraine a country of unafraid corruption.