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‘There is another Ukraine’ – exiled opposition leader

Vladimir Zelensky is carrying out the West’s plan of conflict with Russia, says Viktor Medvedchuk.

Exiled leader of the banned opposition platform “For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk still considers himself a Ukrainian citizen and lawmaker, and is building a team of like-minded people to represent the Ukraine he claims is suppressed by the current government in Kiev. Speaking to RT, Medvedchuk claimed President Vladimir Zelensky is a dictator sacrificing the country on behalf of Western powers.

When Zelensky claims Ukraine is united, he omits that this unity was forced at gunpoint, Medvedchuk asserted. There are many people who disagree with the current government in Kiev, who represent “another Ukraine, not that of [WWII Nazi collaborator Stepan] Bandera, one that has nothing to do with the statements and policies of neo-Nazism pursued by Zelensky,” he added.

Today’s Ukraine violates every provision of its own constitution, Medvedchuk argued, and “ceased to be independent and sovereign” after the February 2014 coup, when it “passed completely under external control of the West.”

Zelensky first placed Medvedchuk under house arrest, then sent him to a “dungeon” run by the Ukrainian SBU security service, where the opposition politician said he was exposed to “constant psychological pressure and humiliation.” In September 2021, he was flown to Poland, and then to Türkiye, where he was handed over to Russian authorities.

Contrary to popular misperception, he said, he was not traded for the leaders of the neo-Nazi “Azov” regiment who surrendered in Mariupol. They were exchanged for captured Russian soldiers, Medvedchuk explained, while he was traded for “ten foreign mercenaries who fought in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

Kiev has accused Medvedchuk of treason and of secretly obtaining Russian citizenship. He rejects both claims as false, saying the “falsified charges” related to his legitimate mediation on behalf of the Ukrainian government with the breakaway Donbass regions and Moscow in 2014-15. About 1,500 Ukrainian POWs came home as a result of his efforts, he noted.

“I remain a citizen of Ukraine,” Medvedchuk insisted, adding that Zelensky had no right to revoke his passport, a move he dismissed as “completely reckless and I would say insane.” If he wanted to get a Russian passport or move to Russia, the politician said, he would have done so years ago. “But I did not leave. And I did not surrender.”

“Zelensky is the kind of man who thinks mainly about PR when it comes to any affairs of state,” Medvedchuk said. “This government tries to hide reality from the people and disguise its actions, which are not in the interest of Ukraine or the Ukrainian people.”

It is Britain that controls Zelensky and Kiev, much more than the US, Medvedchuk claimed, spearheading the push by the collective West to make Ukraine into a springboard against Russia.

The goal of the West is to “stir up some kind of confrontation within Russia, processes that can weaken the Russian leadership,” which is what Zelensky is trying to do, Medvedchuk told RT. However, “it is clear that Ukraine cannot defeat Russia, due to well-known factual circumstances.”

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  1. just after WO II, john Steinbeck did visit the former USSR with photographer Robert Capa. He wanted to see for himself how ordinary people lived in Russia as the media only reported on politics and ( hated) communism.
    He also visited Ukraine, then part of Russia, Ukraine that immensely suffered under Nazi Germany. He visited ukrainian farms and saw how the population was just recovering from the most terrible of traumas : war with its deads and its maimed.
    Steinbeck published in 1948 a book, i am reading now and that makes me cry. All those efforts to reconstruct a beautifull country destroyed again by a bunch of nazis

    The tittle is :” A russian journal” with photographs by robert capa
    ( bought on amazon)

    This beautifull book rings absoluely true, as beeing born in europe just after wo ii, i know how life was difficult then. Everything destroyed by bombing. Shortage of everything, most of all houses and shelters against the cold Food rationings etc.

      • my pleasure. Good writers never go out of ” fashion” and get printed over and over again.
        And second hand bookshops are treasure troves as wel as charity shops

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