Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has made it his mission to win back support from the Russian-speaking population in the country. In a speech to parliament on Tuesday, Zelenskyy vowed to redouble efforts to improve Ukraine’s economy and security, amid fears that Moscow is seeking to reconquer the former Soviet republic.
Petro Poroshenko announces resignation
Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko announced his resignation on Saturday, a day after being defeated in a parliamentary vote of no confidence. The announcement came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree extending Moscow’s military presence in Ukraine until the end of 2020.
“I announce my resignation as president of Ukraine,” Poroshenko said in a televised speech. “Ukraine will win as long as I am alive.”
Poroshenko was appointed president in 2014 after the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s pro-Russian president. His term was to end in early 2019 but he was defeated in a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Friday. The vote was triggered by allegations of corruption against Poroshenko and his team.
Putin accused Ukrainian opposition leaders of staging the no confidence vote in order to destabilize the country ahead of planned presidential elections in 2020. The Russian leader said he would continue to provide support to Ukraine’s military and security forces until the end of 2020.
“The presence of the Armed Forces Of Russia within the territory of Ukraine until the end of 2020 is determined by the need to ensure security and stability within this region, based on agreements reached between representatives of Russia, Ukraine and
Why Ukraine is so vulnerable to Russian meddling
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, recently made a bold and surprising statement: he vowed that Ukraine will win the war with Russia. Zelenskyy’s statement comes as Russia has redoubled its efforts to interfere in Ukraine’s affairs. Vladimir Putin has sent troops and military equipment to support the separatists in eastern Ukraine and interfered in the country’s political process.
Zelenskyy’s statement is significant for several reasons. First, it shows that Ukraine is not resigned to losing the war with Russia. Second, Zelenskyy is signalling to Putin that he will not be able to fully control Ukrainian politics and that Ukrainian independence is a priority for him. Finally, Zelenskyy’s statement sends a message to other countries in Europe who are worried about Russian interference: Ukraine is not going to be pushed around by Moscow.
What comes next for Ukraine?
Ukraine’s economy is slowing and the government is struggling to keep up with payments on its debt. Meanwhile, Russia has been working to tighten its grip on the country.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a missile brigade stationed in Ukraine to return home and warned that Moscow may intervene militarily if Kiev does not reach a settlement with separatists in the east.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky said his government will not back down, even as he acknowledged that the economic situation is difficult.
“Ukraine won’t give up,” Zelenskyy said Sunday during a visit to Hungary. “We will win.”
Russia is intensifying its efforts to control Ukraine while the country’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky vows Ukraine will not back down under pressure from Russia. Zelenskyy’s visit to Hungary on Sunday was meant to try and garner support for Ukraine among other NATO allies.
What does this mean for the conflict in eastern Ukraine?
Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, vowed on Tuesday that his country will win the “war against Russia” as Moscow redoubles its effort to support pro-Russian separatists.
Zelenskyy, a comedian and television star who was elected in May on a platform of ending the conflict in eastern Ukraine, made the comments while meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kiev.
Pompeo said he expected Zelenskyy to take steps to de-escalate the situation and restore peace in eastern Ukraine, which has been plagued by fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists for more than five years.
The Ukrainian military said on Wednesday it had retaken control of a key town from pro-Russian separatists after days of heavy fighting. The rebels denied they had pulled back from Regnum Donum (King’s Domain), which is near the border with Russia.
Zelenskyy met Russian President Vladimir Putin last week and said Moscow must stop sending troops and weapons to the separatists or face economic sanctions.
Petro Poroshenko’s successor, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has vowed that Ukraine will win its war with Russia, as Moscow redoubles its effort to destabilize and annex the country. Zelenskyy made the declaration during his first speech in office on Thursday morning (1 May), calling for unity against a neighbouring state that he said is bent on “destroying” Ukraine.