Who is Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Europe’s most vulnerable president? | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Ukraine’s president finds himself the primary goal of the Russian military as Moscow reportedly seeks regime change.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy got here to energy in 2019, taking cost of the war-torn, corruption-plagued nation of about 45 million with none prior political expertise.

The political novice and former sitcom actor and comic, who was dismissed by critics as a puppet of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, received his presidency by securing greater than 73 % of ballots, promising to stability the defence of Ukraine from Russian aggression with defending the Russian audio system of his nation.

Born within the predominantly Russian-speaking industrial metropolis of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine, the daddy of two was seen as finest positioned to reach his mission and shortly after changing into president, used diplomacy to get Moscow to change a number of teams of Ukrainian prisoners of battle.

However the goodwill of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was to not final, as Zelenskyy didn’t change his nation’s pro-Western overseas coverage in favour of nearer ties to its former grasp, Moscow.

Zelenskyy visits the war-hit Donbas regionZelenskyy visits the war-hit Donbas area, japanese Ukraine, final yr [File: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP]

Final yr, Russia began amassing its troops close to Ukraine’s borders with a pretext of holding navy workouts.

Regardless of warnings by the US of the Russian plan to invade Ukraine, Zelenskyy tried to maintain calm within the nation, calling on Ukrainians to keep away from panic.

Nevertheless, he shuttled across the capitals of Europe, attempting to safe diplomatic, navy and monetary help for Ukraine to discourage Moscow from invading.

On Thursday, February 24, Zelenskyy grew to become Europe’s most susceptible president, as Russia launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea.

‘A regime change’

Fabrice Pothier, a chief technique officer on the political consultancy Rasmussen International and former director of coverage planning at NATO, informed Al Jazeera from Santander, Spain that Putin’s intention was “political capitulation” –  “a regime change” in Ukraine.

“It’s fairly clear that he desires a regime change and the regime ought to be – in his view – sympathetic to Russia’s curiosity, turning down the NATO and the EU membership path, claiming some type of neutrality or a Finland place,” he stated, referring to Finland’s historic choice to affiliate with Europe, however keep away from hostility in direction of Russia by not becoming a member of NATO.

Zelenskyy additionally recognized himself as “goal primary” of Russia, however he and his household remained in Ukraine.

“They need to destroy Ukraine politically by taking down the top of state,” the president stated.

The 44 yr outdated additionally criticised Ukraine’s allies for not coming to his nation’s defence bodily, limiting themselves with verbal, monetary and diplomatic help.

“We’ve been left alone to defend our state,” he stated in a video deal with to the nation after midnight. “Who is able to battle alongside us? I don’t see anybody. Who is able to give Ukraine a assure of NATO membership? Everyone seems to be afraid.”

Social media customers have recognised his vulnerability, by dubbing him “a lonely however honourable man”.

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