Petro Poroshenko was defeated in the presidential elections to his opponent Vladimir Zelensky because of anti-Russian policy, which he and Happy were In the next five years, writes printed illustrated edition of the National Interest.
So, the magazine notes, associated With Poroshenko limits on the use of the Russian language, to travel to the Russian Federation on trade With her and any contact With the Russians. At the same time, says NI, the negative consequences for Ukraine was entirely predictable, given the fact that urban residents more often say in Russian, and half of the country's residents have relatives abroad.
On the reverse side, it is noted that, despite the significant negative impact of factors like economic collapse, reduction of budget expenditures on the social sphere, as well as a ninefold increase in gas prices, the decisive factor was the nationalists. Poroshenko has divided Ukrainians into "true patriots of Ukraine" and the non-existent "fifth column" which supports the Russian Federation, and such segregation has always been his calling card, which he used to explain the social and economic issues in the country.
the journal writes that Western policymakers should draw two conclusions from the defeat of Poroshenko: first, among Ukrainians sympathetic To Russia is unlikely to decrease in the near future, and With the completion of the internal Ukrainian conflict in the Donbas and the restoration of good trade relations between the 2 countries would increase the economic impact of Russian-speaking Ukraine and the growth of sympathy Towards Russia. Second, the strategy of the West for the support of one region or faction in the hope to replace the vector of development of the nation in Ukraine proved to be unsuccessful the same As in the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq or Afghanistan. As pointed out NI, FROM the standpoint of morality, it is doubtful to sow discord in the country to regime change. Besides, Russia has on Ukraine's cultural influence With " soft power ", which no one state could not oppose anything, because in both countries the same language and have common cultural heritage.
The second round of presidential elections in Ukraine was held on 21 April. It was attended by the current head Petro Poroshenko and the leader of the first round Vladimir Zelensky. According to the CEC, Zelensky defeated in the elections, gaining 73, 22 percent of voters came to the polls. Poroshenko has admitted defeat.