Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of turning Ukraine into an autocratic state similar to Russia.
Former boxing heavyweight champion and now politician Klitschko openly attacked former comedian and actor Zelensky in a way not seen since Russia invaded Ukraine.
Russia claims it initiated its war against Ukraine in February 2022 to protect the populace in the pro-Moscow Donbas areas from Ukraine’s oppression and to halt NATO’s incursion.
According to Klitschko, there will come a day when Ukraine is no longer distinct from Russia. There will come a day when Zelensky’s mood determines an outcome.
Even though the confrontation with Russia has been going on for over two years, neither the city of Kyiv nor Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has had a single meeting or phone call.
Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv since 2014, praised regional governors and fellow mayors for their efforts to prevent Ukraine from becoming an autocracy. According to Klitschko, The president’s office views mayors as nothing more than a crude roadblock to the consolidation of power.
According to reports, disputes between Klitschko and Zelensky, exacerbated by a series of high-profile litigation, predate the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine in February 2022. Numerous investigations and efforts to depose the mayor have ensued as a consequence of the crisis.
After three individuals were killed while stranded on the street during a Russian air attack in June, the Ukrainian government censured Klitschko for the condition of the bomb shelters and fired two acting district heads for failing to keep the facilities operable.
As one of the first well-known Ukrainian public figures to acknowledge the failure of his country’s much-touted counter-offense against Russian troops, Klitschko, who has been Kyiv’s mayor for nearly a decade, is one of Zelensky’s most visible antagonists.
Despite Zelensky’s repeated denials of defeats and insistence that the counteroffensive was ongoing, the mayor said in early November that the soldiers were very slow to advance and unable to break through Russian positions.