Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has expressed doubts about the future existence of Ukraine. He made this statement in response to a journalist's question about his plans to become the country's president.
"It would be foolish to think about [the presidency] today. The only question now is whether Ukraine will exist at all. Meanwhile, among our politicians, there is already a positional war in a country shaky in its existence," said Vitali Klitschko, as reported by the Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten before he continued:
"Putin does not accept Ukraine as an independent country, that is no secret. He says Ukraine is part of the Russian Empire. We fight for our freedom and independence," Klitschko stated.
In the same interview, Klitschko stated that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valeriy Zaluzhny, was right about the stalemate situation on the front.
According to him, the Ukrainian authorities should not hide this fact. Against this backdrop, the issue of holding presidential elections in Ukraine becomes acute.
According to the law, they should not be conducted under martial law. Therefore, the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, may remain in power even after the end of his term.
An extension of the current presidential term for Zelensky, however, is not something that particularly delights Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska. Recently, in an interview with The Economist, she expressed her hope that Zelensky will not serve another term as President of Ukraine, preferring instead that they focus on being a family.
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