The mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, said that now “it would be stupid” for him to think about presidential ambitions, since the question of the existence of Ukraine as a state is being resolved.
Source: Klitschko in an interview with a Swiss publication “20 minutes“
Direct speech in response to a question about presidential ambitions: “It would be stupid to think about it today. Today the only question is whether Ukraine will exist at all. Putin does not perceive Ukraine as an independent state, this is no secret. He says that Ukraine belongs to the Russian Empire We are fighting for our freedom and independence.
At the same time, our politicians are already waging trench warfare – in a country whose very existence is precarious. This is just stupid. Therefore, it would be stupid to talk about my political ambitions now.”
Details: When asked whether he was surprised by the decline in the popularity of President Vladimir Zelensky as opposed to the army, Klitschko replied: “No.”
“People see who is effective and who is not. And there were and are many expectations. Zelensky is paying for the mistakes he made,” said the mayor of Kyiv.
“People are asking themselves why we were not better prepared for this war, why Zelensky denied until the last minute that it would come to this, or why the Russians managed to reach Kiev so quickly. There was too much information that was not true. Nevertheless, the president today plays an important role, and we must support him until the end of the war. But at the end of this war, every politician will pay for his successes or failures,” Klitschko said.
Commenting on the statement of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny that the war had reached a dead end, the mayor of Kyiv said that he “told the truth.”
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth. But ultimately he is responsible. He explained and justified what the situation is today. Of course, we can lie to our people and our partners in euphoria. But we can’t do this forever. Some of our politicians criticized Zaluzhny for his clear words is unfair. I support him,” Klitschko said.
What preceded: In a comment to the German publication Der Spiegel, Klitschko said that Ukraine is moving towards authoritarianism and may cease to be different from Russia, where “everything depends on the whim of one person.”
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, said in an interview, in particular, that the situation at the front has reached a dead end, when neither side can advance because they are equally technologically equipped, and that the war is moving into the stage of positional struggle. In turn, President Vladimir Zelensky said that he does not consider the situation at the front to be a stalemate and that Ukraine will not negotiate with Russia. On November 21, Zelensky, in an interview with The Sun tabloid, said that military personnel who are going to engage in politics should not “be involved in war.” On November 29, The Economist wrote that in parallel with the grim reality of trench warfare, the “political battlefield” in Kiev is becoming increasingly tense, President Vladimir Zelensky sees a competitor in the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, and political squabbling is harming Ukraine.
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