Kyiv Mayor Breaks With Zelensky, Says He’s Becoming Autocratic

LVIV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 11: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi during a press conference following the tripartite meeting on January 11, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky met with Polish president Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nauseda in Lviv. The meeting took place in the Pototsky Palace, where Zelenskyi, Duda and Nauseda signed a joint statement of the presidents of the Lublin triangle. During the visit, Duda said that Ukraine would receive a company of German Leopard tanks from Poland. (Photo by Stanislav Ivanov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
  • Volodymyr Zelensky is becoming increasingly autocratic and is pushing Ukraine to a point at which it will no longer be any different from Russia, a former heavyweight boxing champion turned mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has claimed.
  • Mr Klitschko has been at odds with Mr Zelensky since last winter, when the president accused him of failing to maintain Kyiv’s bomb shelters to the desired level.
  • But the strength of the Kyiv mayor’s words highlights the struggles Mr Zelensky has in keeping the country’s leadership on the same page as the war grinds on.
  • “At some point we will no longer be any different from Russia, where everything depends on the whim of one man,” Mr Klitschko told German magazine Der Spiegel, in another interview.