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Friday, February 3, 2023

Video Analysis | Volodymyr Zelensky: an increasingly complicated internal position


The outbreak of conflict in Ukraine in February caused the whole country to fall behind the president. Outwardly, Volodymyr Zelenskyy symbolized the Ukrainians’ longing for resistance against the invaders who had arrived from Moscow. But the course of the months has awakened some critical voices that have only been heard in the last few weeks. Why wasn’t the south of the country adequately protected for the Russians to capture the crucial city of Kherson early in the war? And why did Zelenski insist on reducing the alerts coming out of the United States before February 24? In this video, EL PAÍS journalist Luis Doncel, specialized in international information and recently special envoy for Ukraine, analyzes the doubts and distrust that the Ukrainian President arouses in the opposition parties.

Martial law, enacted shortly after the war began, makes it difficult for the government to be accountable. The media are also handcuffed. The chains broadcast a single information marathon that does not address the official discourse on the course of the war. And as explained in the video, opposition parties prefer not to engage in direct confrontation when there is an external enemy to defeat. MPs from former President Poroshenko’s party, the main opposition party, say they will discuss controversial issues once Ukraine wins the war. The weakness of the oligarchs also explains the current Zelenskyi government’s lack of counter-prisoners. In Ukraine, these billionaires controlled some of the information about their media. But now the oligarchs are losing influence due to the immense economic losses they are suffering from the war. The country’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, announced this month that he would hand over his television and newspaper licenses to the state.

Despite the problems at home, everything indicates that Zelenskyi will be very popular even during the war. In turbulent times, the general does not change. You can find this analysis in the video that accompanies this article.


Source elpais.com

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