Russian claims of illegitimacy are ‘boring’ – Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Regular claims made by Russian representatives of the alleged "illegitimacy" of the Ukrainian government "do not bother" President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “at all,” he said in an interview with Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek media published by the Kazakh news outlet Vlast on May 25.

"Ukrainians know their constitution, they know the law. We understand that these statements by the illegitimate president of the Russian Federation about the legitimacy of the president of Ukraine are, frankly, boring and uninteresting,” Zelenskyy said said.

“All adequate people know how to read the law, and I believe that if you know how to read, then read it and draw a conclusion. And that's it. That's why I don't bother with it at all."

Earlier, on May 21, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said there was no doubt about Zelenskiy's legitimacy, given that Ukrainian law prohibits holding elections during a time of war.

In normal circumstances, Zelenskyy’s term in office would have expired on May 20—exactly five years after inauguration. However, the Ukrainian constitution clearly states that a sitting president remains in office until their successor is sworn in. Other Ukrainian laws rule out holding presidential or parliamentary elections during martial law.

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Most recent polls suggest that approximately two-thirds of Ukrainians oppose holding presidential elections in wartime.

Although Zelenskyy's approval rating has dropped to 63% over the past year (down from 91% in February 2023), he still clearly enjoys the support of the majority of Ukrainian citizens.

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