Zelenskyy Puts Ukraine's Election in Doubt Unless U.S. & Europe Cough Up More Money

Nick Kangadis | August 29, 2023
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No matter what your position is on the situation in Ukraine, the one constant seems to be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asking for more money regardless of how much the U.S. has contributed so far.

Breitbart reported that during an interview released by Zelenskyy’s office on Sunday, the former actor said that Ukraine will have a wartime election if it’s funded by the U.S. and Europe.

In a press release on the Ukrainian president’s official website, titled “Volodymyr Zelenskyy: The United States and the EU should share the risks of possible elections in Ukraine during the war,” Zelensky said that because the military is currently occupied with the conflict against Russia, he “was against the elections only because of this issue.”

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He argued that the soldiers should get a chance to vote as well, as the country needs “every vote” and “a legitimate choice.”

In what Zelenskyy said was part of a conversation with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), he noted that “lack of funding” was also a deterrent to having an election.

“I told him: if the United States and Europe give us financial support... I'm sorry, I will not hold elections on credit, I will not take money from weapons and give it to elections either,” Zelenskyy said. “But if you give me this financial support, if the parliamentarians realize that we need to do this, then let's quickly change the legislation and, most importantly, let's take risks together.”

So now the American taxpayers need to give even more money so that Ukraine can hold a fair election? And if they don’t get the foreign funding, does that mean that Zelenskyy will just hold onto power and an election won’t be had?

 

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