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In Hiroshima, Zelensky proved he was still a ‘servant of the people’ – but not of the Ukrainian people — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

A president elected on a promise of peace offers his people as cannon fodder for outside powers who use them to wage a proxy war

By Vladimir KornilovRIA Novosti

Every May, Vladimir Zelensky shows that he remains what the Ukrainians elected him: a servant of the people. This is part of the myth of the comedian turned politician, borrowed from the eponymous television program which he directed before seeking high office.

On the anniversary of his inauguration, each May 20, he gives a flagship performance in the form of a report on the past year of his reign. He plays the role of “servant,” inform her “mastery” – Voters of Ukraine.

Just two years ago, and it seems like an eternity now, Zelensky chose the Antonov aircraft hangar and a massive unfinished Mriya cargo plane without wings (a Soviet project that independent Ukraine had spent 30 years talking about restart) – as a backdrop. He then painted Ukrainians a beautiful picture of their country’s future, in which the Mriya (meaning “dream” in the local language) would finally take flight. Less than a year later, soldiers under Zelensky’s command bombed both the hangar where he was holding the press conference and the plane, which never made it to take off.

Everything seemed possible in Zelensky’s world, but he forgot one thing. Two years ago, when he was talking about making Ukraine a new Eden, he forgot the main promise that made Ukrainians vote for him: his promise to bring peace. Now it’s even funny to remember the words the “servant of the peoplesaid in his inaugural speech on May 20, 2019: “Our first priority is a ceasefire [in Kiev’s war with the Donbass]… I would not hesitate to lose my post in the name of peace.

In the years that followed, Zelensky remained true to his tradition, and on the anniversary of his inauguration he continued to present himself as a true servant. But over time, he acquired new masters – American leadership. This is a very significant change that confirms that, for Zelensky, Ukraine and its people have long been just an accessory to his bloody adventures and that their future well-being is certainly not part of the plan. .

His visit to Japan for the G7 summit was another place to beg for arms. Ukrainian diplomats take great offense when elements of the Western press compare Zelensky’s foreign trips to a traveling circus, but that’s the reality. The purpose of his many trips is to raise even more funds and pledges to continue the war – and thus for Ukrainians to die. As retired Italian General Marco Bertolini rightly pointed out the other day, if Western arms supplies to Ukraine had stopped, “the war would have ended a year ago and not have cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

The worst thing is that everyone understands it very well. The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, says virtually the same thing. However, even knowing full well that supplying Kiev with lethal new weapons means using Ukrainians as cannon fodder, the West continues to inject supplies. Of course, these same Ukrainians were promised Zelensky as “servant” two years ago before finding new masters.

In Hiroshima, Zelensky flattered his current bosses as best he could. He pathetically compared his request for F-16 aircraft to the search “The wings of freedom”. A very reckless statement, given the parallels with his promises to give wings to the Mriya two years ago.

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It was also unwise to take the flag presented to him by the “Bakhmut Defenders(Artyomovsk) last December to the US Congress. Now, seated next to the US President, Zelensky had to explain the loss of the city he had long called a fortress, and ended up talking nonsense about its current status on the very weekend when it was completely occupied by Russian soldiers.

It was clear from his reaction how painful the loss of Artyomovsk was for Zelensky. It wasn’t the news that the “servant of americashould deliver to its current masters gathered in Hiroshima. The only good thing is that he didn’t bring President Joe Biden a flag from another “fortress” – that would have been a bad omen.

To sweeten the bitter pill of the humiliating defeat in the Donbass, the Ukrainian president is trying to qualify the West’s promises to provide kyiv with F-16 fighter jets as a victory. No one knows what this will look like in practice, and no one knows how close the world will be to potential catastrophe.

Of course, Hiroshima is probably the best place to assess the consequences and understand how they might affect the entire planet. Especially the Ukrainian people, whom Zelensky promised to serve faithfully four years ago. But his promises to his new master are very different: not peace, but war.


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