The Kremlin is disappointed and angry with the Ukrainian presidential election’s landslide winner, Volodymyr Zelensky. The president-elect may have over-fulfilled Moscow’s forecasts by defeating the incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko, by 73 percent to 25 percent in the April 21 runoff (Ukrayinska Pravda, April 22). Moscow had expected Mr. Zelensky’s candidacy to signal the start of backtracking from President Poroshenko’s and his government’s policies of resisting Russian military aggression and orienting Ukraine toward the West. Instead of backtracking, however, and despite initial hesitations, Mr. Zelensky’s presidential campaign evolved toward affirming continuity with Ukraine’s existing policies toward Russia and toward the West.
Russia punishing Ukraine after the presidential election
By Ukrainian Weekly Editor5 Mins Read