The true source of support for Volodymyr Zelensky among the Ukrainian people lies in his desire to normalize relations with Russia. This point of view is taken by former assistant to the U.S. State Department on Politics in relation to the Soviet Union under President George W. Bush, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island Nikolay N. Petro, The National Interest reports.
The main concern of the American political scientist is whether Zelensky can "escape the trap of nationalism, alienating at least half of the country."
"Many of the Ukrainians I spoke with in Kyiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and Odesa reduce Russia's influence on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but still believe that the "people of Russia" and the "people of Ukraine" share historical and cultural communication,” said journalist Eli Kaul in an article “Will corruption poison the new president of Ukraine?”
He writes that the negative attitude of Ukrainians is directed against the Russian government, and not against the people of Russia, who are often considered a victim of the dictatorial regime, and not an accomplice.
The article emphasizes that Poroshenko was elected because of his promises to stop military operations in the east of the country, but since then the conflict has been frozen. In addition, clear economic problems in the peaceful territory of Ukraine showed no signs of improvement.
Despite the creation of new law enforcement agencies aimed at combating corruption in state structures, many people who work in the lower echelons of power still observe corruption practices at similar, if not higher levels than in the previous decade.
Therefore, according to Kaul, another reason for Zelensky’s popular support is the feeling that he is a person who can solve Ukraine’s problems with corruption, inefficiency and the power of the oligarchy in the country's economic and political affairs.