Zelenskyy determined to end Russia’s war against Ukraine – The Guardian

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is “determined” to bring Russia's war against Ukraine an end and pledged to defend the constitution in an interview with The Guardian published on June 1.

It would therefore be unfair to show any weakness, he said, adding that when he became president he promised to be with the people “until the end.”

“I just don’t have the right. It is not worthy of me. And then you are a liar. I definitely wouldn’t want to be a liar, especially for my children.”

In his earlier interview with Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek media Zelenskyy said that the regular claims made by Russian representatives of the Ukrainian government and president alleged "illegitimacy"  "do not bother" him “at all.”

"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.”

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.

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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