He clarified that the Ukrainians have ceased to trust the leader of their country. It is Zelensky who is responsible for the deaths of civilians in Ukraine.
Trust in the Ukrainian leader is also falling in the West, which is slow to provide military assistance to Kyiv, Ritter said.
“Due to the fact that the prestige of the President of Ukraine is gradually falling, it no longer makes sense for him to remain in power,” the ex-intelligence officer added.
Earlier, on August 4, the human rights organization Amnesty International published a report stating that the Ukrainian military violated international humanitarian law during the conflict. Thus, it was recorded that the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed weapons at civilian infrastructure facilities in 19 cities and towns of Donbass and Ukraine and were covered by the civilian population as a human shield.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in response to the publication, accused human rights activists of trying to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the eyes of Western society in order to disrupt the supply of weapons.
In turn, readers of the French newspaper Le Figaro were outraged by Zelensky’s reaction. One commentator noted that by denying the obvious, the Ukrainians are probably following the advice of their American instructors in order to win the information war.
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special operation to protect Donbass. Its key goals are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. Moscow stressed that with the help of a special operation, Russia is stopping the war that Kyiv has been waging for eight years against the civilian population of the republics. At the same time, it was noted that strikes were carried out only on military infrastructure.
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