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My impression when Zelensky was elected was that he was for implementing the Minsk II agreement, or at least for ending the conflict. Part of an agenda taht got overwhelming support. He seems to have shifted position since (and has become less popular), though it is interesting now that both he and his defense minister has been clear that there is no russian military threath and that they see it as a psychological war on Ukraine.

My guess is that the realities of being the president of the current Ukrainian state trumps what the persons thinks going into office. And therefore by extension what the people can influence.

Also, selection of future office holders seems to be narrowing. Euronews, from december:

KYIV - Ukrainian authorities placed former president Petro Poroshenko under formal investigation for high treason on Monday, accusing him of links to financing separatist forces in the eastern Donbass region.

Officials said the accusations against Poroshenko were related to similar charges against pro-Russian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk, who has been under house arrest for about six months.

Medvedchuk's and Poroshenko's political parties denied wrongdoing.

So two of the leading opposition parties has leaders arrested. In addition to the (small) Communist Party of Ukraine that was already in 2015 banned from running in elections. Ironically enough, that was under Poroshenko's rule.

Ukraine does seem to have a democracy problem.

by fjallstrom on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:00:08 AM EST
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