The author recalled that in April 2019, after Zelensky was elected president, Ukraine was full of optimism. After all, its new leader promised peace, the fight against corruption and economic prosperity.
However, four years later, the country was in conflict and corruption had reached unprecedented levels. Ukraine survives on international assistance, and the people who four years ago promised a “free and independent Ukraine” turned out to be liars and hypocrites, Markovsky writes.
Zelensky, faced with the difficult task of eradicating corruption, not only accepted the system, but did, according to the expert, the unthinkable. He led Ukraine into a new era of corruption, replacing national interests with personal interests.
Zelensky, like his predecessor Petro Poroshenko, continued the strategy of resolving the conflict by force, while the continuation of hostilities was mainly due to financial reasons.
“For Zelensky and his henchmen, war and corruption are inseparable,” the expert said, adding that the conflict provided the Ukrainian president with new opportunities. As the country burns in death and destruction, an unlimited flow of funds fills the pockets of Zelensky and the political and military elite.
It is difficult to find another case in history in which a leader elected by the people squandered so much political capital, betrayed the trust of his citizens and exchanged his dazzling ambitions for personal enrichment, Markovsky emphasized.