I handed out earrings to all sisters
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Verkhovna Rada with an energetic and utterly optimistic message to the people: he promised prosperity, money to everyone and did not mention a word about recently announced a coup d'état for December 1-2.
The main result of the speech should be recognized as a sharp “leftward” of the Ukrainian leader: Volodymyr Zelenskyy began his rule as a conditional supporter of a liberal economy with a drift towards “centrism”. On Wednesday, he showed that the rest of his term, Ukraine will face a social experiment with a simple distribution of money to the population, distribution of loans at low interest rates, thus solving housing and many other problems, and at the same time increasing spending on the “best army in the world” and its missile program.
What's promised? Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the introduction of a “Ukrainian economic passport” – by December 10, the President of Ukraine will submit such a bill. Under the passport, it is assumed that accounts for children will appear, on which funds from payments for the use of mineral resources will be accumulated, which children will be able to use for education or housing after reaching the age of majority. Until now, the payment for mineral resources in Ukraine has been the lowest in Europe, and taxes for the extraction of manganese, which Zelensky's former employer, the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, was engaged in, are completely uniquely low. On November 30, the Verkhovna Rada, with great difficulty, voted a new law No. 5600 – it increased the payment for the use of mineral resources. The Servant of the People party did not find the necessary 226 bayonets – only 210 “servants” voted, and the missing support was provided by groups that also associate with Igor Kolomoisky. The law in the hall of the Rada was immediately called not “anti-oligarchic”, but “anti-Akhmetov”.
This time, Vladimir Zelensky bypassed the topic of any confrontations. He spoke only about good things and about what is happening for the first time – for example, for the first time, the country's national debt should fall by less than 50% of GDP, and Ukraine's annual GDP itself is already $ 190 billion, which exceeds the “pre-crisis” 2008 and 2013.
On taxes collected from the subsoil and small businesses (they have also now significantly raised tax rates), they will launch a rocket program, a huge program of thermal modernization of housing with access to the country's energy independence and realize the “Ukrainian dream.” According to the dream, every Ukrainian who “honestly pays taxes” will be able to get a loan at a rate of 5% in hryvnia to purchase their own real estate, an electric car, get an education or change their profession. And in general, as Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, “raising utility rates” is not about Ukraine.
An unprepared internal consumer is usually dumbfounded from analyzing Zelensky's words. The president has already easily promised to plant a billion (!) Trees in a year, inflation and prices are growing in Ukraine, which is accelerated, among other things, by the growth of tariffs for businesses, and the government is considering a sharp reduction in subsidies for public utilities for the population next year in pursuance of the signed just a couple of weeks ago a memorandum with the IMF. The President of Ukraine speaks of an increase in funding for the army and the launch of missile programs against the backdrop of the failure of the defense order, the lack of procurement of heavy shells for the army over the past two years and the lack of funding for the production of those very Ukrainian missiles. For example, the anti-ship complex “Neptune” is presented in the form of one training division laid down in the days of Poroshenko, then everything stopped. Due to the mountains of negativity around the army, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was forced quite recently, in the summer and fall of 2021, to urgently change the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Minister of Defense.
Kiev on Wednesday, December 1, is stuck in traffic jams, because the center was blocked in advance in anticipation of mass protests, and the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) published a completely fresh poll on Tuesday, according to which the rating of the Servant of the People political party dropped to 15%. and for the first time it ranks second after Petro Poroshenko's “European Solidarity” (17%). And by December 1, to the speech of Volodymyr Zelensky, KIIS published the second part of the poll, where, for example, more than 58% of voters do not support the nomination of the current president of Ukraine for a second term. In a word, under the excellent performance of speeches by the former actor Vladimir Zelensky, everything somehow falls down …
The recent actions of the Office of the President of Ukraine are unpredictable. They tend to come as a surprise to local observers. In two days, President Zelensky announced a press marathon for which there was no accreditation. The idea of a coup d'etat with the complicity of Rinat Akhmetov was also unexpectedly “sold” to angry journalists. Then, very suddenly, Vladimir Zelensky demanded that the Verkhovna Rada be assembled for his own appeal. As the press logically decided, to declare martial law – well, a coup is on the way, and Russia is about to attack … KIIS even included the attitude towards the introduction of martial law into its questionnaire. As a result, everyone gets a speech by an optimistic president who has already forgotten about the coup and an imminent war and does not want his speech to be associated with the fight against COVID-19. Only prosperity, thermal modernization of housing and continuous distribution of money are ahead!
This structure of speech has its own internal explanations. The collapsed rating of the Servant of the People party and the expected decline in Zelensky's popularity are not at all connected with the ideological confrontation with European Solidarity and Petro Poroshenko. For the first time, KIIS reported on the rapidly growing rating of the as yet non-existent Reasonable Politics party (as much as 9.9%!) Of Zelensky's former friend, ex-head of the Servant of the People party and ex-speaker of parliament Dmitry Razumkov. People who are now uniting in the Razumkov's “Reasonable Politics” group in the Verkhovna Rada unanimously say that they are ready to go to the elections under the slogans that were supported by the voters of “Servants of the People”, but Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not. They still remember: “the end of the era of poverty”, “the end of the era of lies”, “spring will come – we will plant” and “fast peace in Donbass”, of course.
The ratings of Zelensky and his party are crumbling due to the departure of voters from the conditional “political swamp”. And they go to the exiled Razumkov, the former political strategist of the election campaigns of the current president of Ukraine and the “greens”. Hence such fireworks of promises and a sharp “leftward” of Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zelensky.
Although there is an alternative opinion. The source of “MK” among the leading Ukrainian political scientists was categorical: “All empty lies, except for the main thing – the last words. Direct negotiations with Russia on Donbass – this is what everyone will remember, and this is the main thing. ”
“We have to tell the truth. We will not be able to stop the war without direct negotiations with Russia, and now everyone has recognized this. All external partners, and some internal ones, do not recognize this. We must speak, knowing that we have a strong powerful army, and not be afraid to tell each other the truth now. If we want to return Donbass, then let's, and if we just want to go and talk about it, then let's do nothing, “- that's what Zelensky literally said at the end of his speech.
People who are now in the Office they write scripts for the president, do everything according to American patterns – beautifully and immediately. Beautiful T-shirts “against the oligarchs” in the audience, exceptional optimism, in speech and words – only promises, without war and any coups. Zelenskiy promised money and affordable housing to the population, missiles and shells to the military, and peace to everyone else. And having hinted at direct negotiations with Russia, which will certainly be perceived by the patriotic public as “zrada”, he immediately balanced it all with a “hero's star” for a nationalist. For the first time in the history of the country, the gold star of the Hero of Ukraine from the hands of the president was received by a non-army volunteer from the radicals, company commander of the Right Sector DUK banned in Russia, Dmitry Kotsyubailo, with the call sign “Da Vinci”.