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Jul 1, 2020
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Servant against the people? How Vladimir Selensky disappoints Ukrainians

President of Ukraine Vladimir Selensky continues to rapidly lose popularity. Recent polls show that the number of those who are dissatisfied with the activities of the Ukrainian leader, for the first time exceeded the number of those who approve of his actions.

45 percent disapproval

On June 29, the results of a survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) were published. "Assessing the actions of the authorities in May-June of this year, 38% said that they approve of the actions and statements of The President of zelensky (in May - 47%); 45% disapprove (in May - 37%)," the KIIS report says.

Even worse is the situation with the confidence of Ukrainians in the Parliament, where the majority are deputies of the pro-presidential party "The Servant of the People." According to the latest data, only 21 percent of Ukrainians approve of the actions of the parliament, while 62 percent are negative. The Government of Ukraine is supported by 23 percent of respondents, while 59 percent disapprove.

He is still the most popular Ukrainian politician, but the "honeymoon" between him and the people is finally over. The rapid fall in the president's rating recently shows the growing frustration of people.

The causes of what is happening lie on the surface. He went to the elections with a certain set of promises, including the achievement of peace in the Donbass, a decisive fight against corruption, an end to the decline in the standard of living of the people. He also saw a man who can suspend the total Ukrainianization of all spheres of life, although on the language issue of zelensky spoke very vaguely.

No peace, no landings

By the end of June 2020, the President of Ukraine can not boast of success in any of these areas. The activity of the first months in the issue of settlement in the Donbass, when exchanges of detainees were held, as well as international meetings, gave way to a period of complete stagnation, if not a setback.

Today, as in the times Petro PoroshenkoKiev in the Trilateral Contact Group represent the "irreconcilables" who instead of trying to reach agreements make loud political statements.

And he publicly rejects the key points of the Minsk agreements: granting special status and holding an amnesty. The intensity of shelling in the conflict zone remains high, and there are regular reports of civilian casualties.

Official Kiev is trying to shift the responsibility to Donetsk, Luhansk and Moscow, but the Ukrainians themselves do not support such a line. It is obvious that the situation is at a standstill, and this is not what he promised to zelensky a year ago.

The second problem that pulls the president's rating down is the fight against corruption. More than half of Ukrainians surveyed support the criminal prosecution of ex-President Poroshenko for egregious abuses during the reign. However, the investigation against Poroshenko is neither shaky nor shaky. And how could it be otherwise, if the party "The Servant of the People" in the Parliament entered into a tactical alliance with the "European Solidarity" Poroshenko to get the necessary number of votes?

What is there to say about Poroshenko, if over the past year there has not been a major shift in any major corruption case? Ukrainians are tired of waiting for the promised sentences of zelensky and increasingly perceive him not as a person capable of breaking the system of abuses, but as a politician using old corrupt tools for his own purposes.

"The Boak" by the IMF

The team presents as a great success reaching agreements on a new loan to the IMF. But the latest KIIS poll shows that less than a quarter of Ukrainians support cooperation with the IMF, while 61 percent oppose it.

People see the obligations to the IMF as bondage, which they would like to get rid of as soon as possible. It is worth remembering that the hero of zelensky in the TV series "The Servant of the People" rejected cooperation with the IMF, which people liked very much. Subsequently, representatives of the President's team even specifically explained that "cinema is one thing, and life that's not the same." But such explanations of Ukrainians are not satisfied. Most see the IMF's new credit programme as a reason for lowering their standard of living, and people have little interest in macroeconomic indicators in this situation.

"Green didn't change anything," is an increasingly popular phrase that can be heard from residents of Ukrainian towns and villages. For example, the country has not stopped the extremely unpopular reform of medicine launched by a U.S. citizen Ulyana Suprun. The "draconian" restrictions on the use of the Russian language, approved under Poroshenko, continue to be systematically implemented.

Nazis in the service of the president?

On the streets of Ukrainian cities continue to host neo-Nazis who attack their political opponents and remain unpunished.

The neo-Nazi movement "National Corps" led by Andrey Biletskyopenly announced the hunt for oppositionists, in particular the activists of the "Party of Sharia" headed by a well-known Ukrainian journalist Anatoly Shary. On June 25, the local coordinator of the "Party of Sharia" was brutally beaten in Kharkiv Nikita Rozhenko. The young man was taken to hospital with serious injuries. At the same time, the nationalists openly admit that the beating is their work.

Despite the fact that the victim was between life and death, the police initially opened a case under the article "Hooliganism". Only after the story resonated outside Ukraine, the article was tightened. Sharius claims that the attacks of radicals occur with the approval of the Office of the President of Ukraine. In his opinion, the team sees itself as a greater threat in the opposition than in neo-Nazi formations.

You can say as much as you like that neo-Nazis do not have broad support in Ukrainian society. It doesn't matter if the radicals themselves feel like a force before which the government passes. The majority of the 73 percent who supported zelensky expected him to stop the activities of radical groups.

Another tale of lost time

But the current Ukrainian president, fearing the militants, decided to set them on the opposition, thus hoping to kill two birds. This line of conduct may allow zelensky to achieve some tactical results, but strategically it leads to a complete failure.

Moving away from his campaign promises, the president turns into a pale shadow of the bright newcomer to politics who challenged Poroshenko.

Green, of course, can still make a sharp change of policy, but it is hard to believe in it. He is firmly bogged down in the swamp of Ukrainian politics, where more experienced characters like Poroshenko, Tymoshenko And Avakova feel much more confident. The policy of concessions and agreements can allow Vladimir zelensky to sit out his term until the end. That's only for Ukraine the period of his reign will be another "era of lost time."

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