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L. Coyote

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Thu Mar 17, 2022, 11:29 PM Mar 2022

Defying Putin, Zelenskyy Rallies The West: See The Rare Videos Charting His Rise

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Mar 14, 2022


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is only in his third year as president, but he’s now risking his life to lead a resistance that may just prove Putin underestimated him. In a special report, MSNBC’s Ari Melber highlights his unusual path to power, detailing how he spent most of his career in film and tapped into his TV fame for an unlikely presidential victory. Melber draws parallels between his political rise and the characters he’s played on screen, saying “he embraced what he was known for… emphasizing that the script was not a real plan, and that he was taking his obligations seriously.”

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Defying Putin, Zelenskyy Rallies The West: See The Rare Videos Charting His Rise (Original Post) L. Coyote Mar 2022 OP
KNR and bookmarking. For later. niyad Mar 2022 #1
This is a very good man LetMyPeopleVote Mar 2022 #2
I would have a bit more respect for Ari if he acknowledged Pres Zelenskyy was not perfect mucifer Mar 2022 #3

mucifer

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3. I would have a bit more respect for Ari if he acknowledged Pres Zelenskyy was not perfect
Fri Mar 18, 2022, 05:01 AM
Mar 2022

His popularity plummeted to 30% when there were scandals.

A Ukrainian report wrote this in the WaPo a few weeks ago:

Opinion: I did not vote for Ukraine’s president. His courage has changed my mind and inspired millions.
By Anna Myroniuk

Back in 2019, I did not vote for him. Like some other Ukrainians, I did not believe Zelensky, a comedian, actor and entertainer with no experience in politics, was suited for the job. His campaign was idealistic but lacked substance. He was often vague and raised concerns about where he stood toward Russia. He had his own powerful backer, the billionaire who owned the TV station that broadcast “Servant of the People,” the show that made Zelensky a star. But he won with overwhelming support.

I was not impressed by his administration. He promised to fight corruption but, as an investigative reporter, I saw how his efforts were selective. He appointed loyalists and friends to powerful posts, and his allies rarely faced consequences when they were snared in scandals. In his first three years in office, he showed a true populist side. He loved to be loved. He was also very sensitive to media criticism.


But Zelensky showed some promising signs as well. He refused to give in to Putin’s demands to break up Ukraine to sell in parts. He rejected to negotiate peace in Donbas with Russia-appointed leaders and suggested an invitation to the discussion be extended to the natives of war-torn Donbas who relocated to Kyiv. Russia was not happy.


I’m glad Zelensky has proved skeptics wrong such as myself. A new poll shows his approval rating at 91 percent, three times what it was in December. His defense of Ukraine deserves praise. His bravery is inspiring. When the United States offered to evacuate him amid concerns for his safety, he replied: “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/27/ukraine-russia-zelensky-president-changed-my-mind-inspired-millions/

It was hard to choose the 4 paragraphs.

President Zelenskyy is amazing and I have no idea what would happen to Ukraine if he wasn't President and that is his most important task. But, it's probably best not to deify any politician.

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