I first wrote about Ukraine in 2014 during the Maidan Revolution, a response to the Russian annexation of Crimea and the establishment of two pro-separatist regions in Eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk. Since then the pot of revolt has been boiling furiously while still being, somehow, contained.
Now Ukraine has elected a new president, Volodymyr Zelensky. This fellow is a television actor who once played the role of a school teacher who was unexpectedly elected president. It was a comedy of course, but now it is really happening. Zelensky, is 41 and was put forward by a political party which is called “Servant of the People”.
This unconventional new President has no program or agenda except for the usual “end of corruption” mantra. Since this party now also controls the legislature, he was able to dissolve Parliament.
The Pro Russian party only collected only 13% of the vote and this strengthens the hand of the new president.
That’s a good thing. Ukraine’s economy is bad. The country is suffering from a brain drain as its citizens run for the exits. Those who remain must continue to fight and deal with the Russian meddling. (where else is that a problem Senator McConnell?)
Our President’s good friend Vladimir Putin still considers Ukraine a part of Russia. President Zelensky supports Ukraine’s membership in NATO, another sore point for Putin.
But as we now know better than ever, Russia does not give up and continues to meddle and will always be an existential threat to Ukraine.