Volodymyr Zelensky is the current President of Ukraine. He was elected in a landslide victory in 2019 on the promise of easing tensions with Russia and resolving the crisis in the breakaway republics in east Ukraine. He has made no attempt to keep his word on either issue. Instead, he has greatly exacerbated Ukraine’s internal crisis while relentlessly provoking Russia. Zelensky has had numerous opportunities to smooth things over with Moscow and prevent the outbreak of hostilities. Instead, he has consistently made matters worse by blindly following Washington’s directives.
Zelensky has been lionized in the west and praised for his personal bravery. But — as a practical matter — he has failed to restore national unity or implement the crucial peace accord that is the only path to reconciliation.
I have my doubts about reconciliation at this point but that’s a matter for later consideration.
 “The Man Who Sold Ukraine.” By Mike Whitney, The Unz Review, 3/4/22.