In case you were wondering where Ukrainian President Zelensky has been amid all the furor in the Middle East, wonder no further.
Apparently, Zelensky, who is curiously not being pressed for a “ceasefire,” is rather irritated that the war in Israel has detracted focus from his seemingly intractable war with Russia.
Not that Zelensky will admit that.
“Everyone is getting tired and there are different opinions … But this is not a stalemate,” Zelensky insisted.
Right. Except for the fact that the war in Ukraine appears to be exactly that: a stalemate.
And most nations generally don’t like pouring hundreds of billions of weapons into stalemates, especially absent accountability for said hundreds of billions.
Of course, Zelensky was sure to complain about the fact that a terrorist attack in Israel has apparently interrupted the unfettered attention he’s enjoyed for over eighteen months.
“Of course, it’s clear that the war in the Middle East, this conflict, is taking away the focus. We have already been in very difficult situations when there was almost no focus on Ukraine … I am absolutely sure we will overcome this challenge,” Zelensky complained.
Oh, heaven forbid that Israel suffered a terrorist attack that has naturally taken attention away from Zelensky and Putin’s warmongering.
What’s really amazing is Israel has been hammered to agree to a so-called “ceasefire” from the start, whereas Zelensky has warred on for well over eighteen months, with nary a ceasefire discussion on the horizon.
Little wonder that Zelensky has amplified his aggressive demands, including the apparent demand to join the EU immediately.
“Our nation deserves to be in the EU along with all of our Europe’s free nations. There’s no alternative to EU borders reaching the frontiers of democratic Europe. This will protect our values politically while also ensuring the continent’s economic security, peace, and freedom,” Zelensky proclaimed on “X.”
Newsflash, Zelensky: Turkey has been a staunch NATO ally for multiple years, and that nation still hasn’t been able to become a member of the EU.
Ukraine, which isn’t even a NATO member, apparently thinks it is “owed” EU membership … despite the fact that Zelensky embodies many of the same authoritarian tendencies that Putin does, from shutting down all political opposition to strangling any form of free press.
On top of that, Ukraine and Russia are neck-and-neck in the World Corruption Index, another major red flag from an EU perspective.
Given these factors, it is not too surprising that Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has blasted Zelensky during a recent GOP debate, directly highlighting Zelensky’s rather anti-democratic approach.
“Ukraine is not a paragon of democracy. This is a country that has banned 11 opposition parties. It has consolidated all media into one state TV media arm — that’s not democratic. It has threatened not to hold elections this year unless the US forks over more money – that is not democratic. It has celebrated a Nazi in its ranks, the comedian in cargo pants, a man called Zelensky… That is not democratic,” Ramaswamy proclaimed.
Fair points, especially when one digs deeper into the origins of the Ukraine-Russia War.
And don’t expect Zelensky to agree to ceding any territory whatsoever.
“Today, no-one among EU, US leaders and others – our partners – is putting pressure for us to now sit down to negotiate with Russia, and give away something to it. This will not happen,” Zelensky snarled.
Well, then count on an indefinite conflict in that case.
Which may well be what Zelensky is counting on. Given the billions involved.
“The regions of Ukraine that are occupied by Russia right now in the Donbas: Luhansk and Donetsk. These are Russian-speaking regions that have not even been part of Ukraine since 2014 … To frame this as some kind of battle between good versus evil, don’t buy it,” Ramaswamy said pointedly.
Fair point, particularly when considering the neck-and-neck competition between both Ukraine and Russia in terms of black market economics.
Needless to say, Zelensky hardly endeared himself to Israel recently, especially when he recently backed out of a planned visit to the nation to illustrate solidarity and support.
“If President Zelensky comes, he will be welcomed with open arms,” an Israeli official had proclaimed.
Alas, Zelensky, for whatever reason, can make it to a Vogue photo shoot, but he can’t be bothered with a key American ally.
Author: Ofelia Thornton