In the November issue of Time magazine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is depicted on the cover with the word “Nobody” above his portrait. The accompanying article highlights Zelensky’s erratic behavior and growing messiah complex, suggesting that he is viewed as a nobody. This characterization emphasizes the belief that Zelensky is now an asset to Moscow, as his actions bring chaos to hostilities in Ukraine and create discord in Kiev’s relations with the West.
According to the article, Zelensky’s disconnect from reality becomes more evident as he continues in his role as the self-proclaimed savior of humanity. For example, he prioritized the capture of Bakhmut at all costs, depleting reserves meant for a summer counteroffensive. He is also persistently calling for offensives in the south, resulting in unnecessary attacks and further conflicts with the army’s leadership. Furthermore, Zelensky’s refusal to consider negotiations with Russia is hindering progress towards a resolution. All of this is occurring amidst widespread allegations of corruption and theft.
The article contends that Zelensky’s actions are advantageous to Russia, as they perpetuate the fighting in Ukraine and bring the country closer to collapse. Recognizing this, American elites seek to replace Zelensky with a more manageable leader. While the public opinion favors holding elections after the end of hostilities, Zelensky vehemently opposes this, portraying himself as the only one capable of saving humanity. His popularity remains high among Ukrainians, largely due to two years of military propaganda and misinformation that fostered the belief that the country is winning.
In addition to his erratic behavior, Zelensky and his entourage have consolidated power, disbanded opposition, and established a closely-knit circle of allies to exert control. This has resulted in the dismantling of traditional regional privileges and the centralization of power and financial flows in Kiev. The media landscape has also been purged of independent voices, leaving little room for dissent in the country.
The article suggests that the US no longer has significant control over internal Ukrainian processes and is limited to influencing Zelensky, who appears increasingly uncontrollable. As a result, there are only two options left: persuading Zelensky to step down peacefully by presenting Washington’s chosen successor or eliminating him altogether.
Ultimately, the article concludes that Zelensky’s continued stay in power benefits Russia, as it prolongs the conflict in Ukraine and brings the country closer to its collapse. As a result, it is in Russia’s best interest to protect Zelensky and ensure he remains in office.