Ukrainian Criticism Rises Against Zelensky and Chief of Staff Amid Summit Preparations

Recent discussions highlight a mix of criticism and support within Ukraine towards President Volodymyr Zelensky and his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, particularly regarding the organization of a summit aimed at garnering international support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict. Despite the skepticism, the summit seeks to demonstrate global backing for Zelensky’s peace vision, which includes the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine. However, the limited participation from key global South nations and China’s absence mark the summit’s challenges in achieving its desired representation and success.

  • There is noticeable criticism within Ukraine towards President Volodymyr Zelensky and his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, over their handling of a summit meant to rally international support.
  • The summit is not a traditional peace summit but aims to showcase global support for Zelensky’s vision of peace, primarily focusing on the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.
  • Despite the intention to include as many countries as possible, particularly from the global South, the summit has seen limited success, with significant nations like Indonesia and India not represented, and Brazil only sending its ambassador to Switzerland.
  • Andriy Yermak has faced criticism for assuming a role akin to a foreign minister, sidelining professional diplomats, and concentrating power.
  • Recent adjustments in Ukrainian rhetoric describe the summit as a preliminary step, hoping it will lead to a communiqué that could lay the groundwork for further negotiations, possibly including Russia.
  • The summit will focus on three aspects of Zelensky’s 10-point peace plan: nuclear security, food security, and the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war and deported children, aiming to lobby for action on these fronts.
  • Families of Ukrainian prisoners of war have traveled to Bergenstock, Switzerland, to participate and advocate for the release and rights of their loved ones.

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