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'Ratings and PR are more important for Zelensky than actual presidential responsibility', - Ukrainian MP Shufrych on air of Voice of the People

The parliamentarian also stated that 25 Ukrainian soldiers died in Donbas since Zelensky took office
20:14, 19 July 2019

Ukrainian MP Nestor Shufrych
112 Agency

Ukrainians who voted for Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21 waited for peace, peaceful plan and peaceful initiative, as Nestor Shufrych, Ukrainian MP from Opposition Platform – For Life, said on air of 112 Ukraine.

“Let’s be honest – on April 21 we voted against Poroshenko, for peace, and we waited for this peaceful plan, this peaceful initiative. Unfortunately, we didn’t see it. Yet, we heard about it during the election campaign of Zelensky, who said that he will go to the devil, that he will talk not only with Putin, that he supports direct talks with Luhansk and Donetsk. When he took an oath, took the mace, delivered his inaugural speech, and repeated the same: that he was ready to sacrifice rating, and post for the sake of peace and for our guys to come back and for a ceasefire,” he said.

Shufrich also stated that 25 Ukrainian soldiers died in Donbas since Zelensky took office.

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“25 people died on the demarcation line under the presidency of Zelensky. He contacted Putin on the 53rd day under our pressure, and we saw some dialogue, some progress, which gives us hope. Why this was done on the 53rd day? We don’t demand that it should be done on the first day of inauguration, but it could have been done, talking with Trump, Merkel, Macron and another leader, one might talk to Putin before inauguration, as without Russia the main issue can’t be solved, and the responsible President has to understand that. Kravchuk, Kuchma talked about this… our President should hear them. Unfortunately, these 25 people who died, our sailors, who didn’t come back home, though there was an opportunity, the gate was opened – these are the consequences of “going both ways” policy, as it appeared that ratings and PR are more important than actual presidential responsibility,” Shufrych said.

Related: Medvedchuk: Opposition Platform – For Life’s delegation discuss peace settlement in Donbas with leaders of Russia’s government

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