In a recent interview with 20 Minuten, Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, offered a candid and critical perspective on the current situation in Ukraine, particularly focusing on President Volodymyr Zelensky. Klitschko, a former boxing champion and now a key political figure in Ukraine, shared his views on the challenges faced by the country, including the ongoing war and its impact on the capital city.
Klitschko highlighted the resilience of Kyiv amidst Russian attacks, noting the city's preparation for the harsh winter ahead. He expressed frustration over the destruction caused by Russian forces, particularly targeting civilian infrastructure, which he described as acts of terror against the Ukrainian people.
Regarding Switzerland's involvement, Klitschko appreciated the humanitarian aid provided but emphasized the need for a clear stance against the atrocities occurring in Ukraine. He stressed that neutrality is not an option in the face of such aggression.
The conversation then shifted to the internal dynamics of Ukraine's leadership. Klitschko was critical of President Zelensky, pointing out that the Ukrainian leader is facing consequences for his own mistakes. He mentioned the lack of preparedness for the war and the misinformation that led to rapid Russian advancements near Kyiv. Klitschko believes that every politician, including Zelensky, will be held accountable for their actions and decisions once the war concludes.
Klitschko is asked whether he is surprised that support for Zelensky is declining, to which he boldly answers, "No." When asked why not, Klitschko states,
"People see who is effective and who is not. And there were and are many expectations. Zelenskiy is paying for the mistakes he made."
Klitschko also touched upon the issue of corruption, emphasizing the need for European laws and standards to combat it effectively. He highlighted the efforts made in Kyiv to ensure transparency and accountability, setting an example for the rest of the country.