On June 10, around 19 o’clock, the action “No to Capitulation!” has started in Kyiv near the Presidential Administration, TV-channel “Pryamyi” reports. Similar actions took place throughout Ukraine – in Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Ternopil, and other cities.
After the victory in the presidential election, Volodymyr Zelensky and people from his team began making frequent statements about the possible concessions to Moscow in the new peace talks with the aggressor. It was unclear, though, how it is possible without the surrender of the national interests.
Among other things it was mentioned the importance of restoring trade relations with the occupied territories, alleged “lack of control” of the military formations by the Russians [when in fact, no such information was presented to the public] and the need for a Ukrainian army to stop the shooting [which sounds especially worrisome, taking into the account that Russian forces are always first to violate the ceasefire regime and don’t let the international observers monitor major parts of the territories they temporary control].
According to the protesters, these statements can only be the evidence of the readiness of the new president to capitulate before the aggressor and surrender Ukraine to Moscow.
The activists demanded to include the representative from the veterans to the Minsk talks and called to dismiss Andriy Bogdan [the head of the administration, who is a subject to the law on lustration] and, the press secretary of the president, Iuliia Mendel, “that voices Russian propaganda.”
A few days before social media users were appalled by the statement made by Mendel. According to her, the Ukrainian armed forces frequently shelled homes, kindergartens and other civilian infrastructure in the occupied territories. All too precisely in line with the Russian misinformation narrative to be a simple mistake.