Ukraine has been at war with Russia since Putin invaded the country in February of 2022.
Elections are supposed to take place next year in Ukraine.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said two words about holding an election that put jaws on the floor.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is supposed to face re-election in March of 2024.
However, elections are prohibited in Ukraine while the country is under martial law.
Ukraine is currently under martial law, but the declaration must be renewed every 90 days.
Back in August, Zelensky promised to hold an election in Ukraine next year.
“We need an election in Ukraine next year,” Zelensky said. “I want to see this country have a free and fair election even while it is under assault.”
But Zelensky soon changed his tune and said he would only hold an election if the United States was willing to pay for it.
Under normal conditions, elections cost roughly $135 million to run in Ukraine.
“I’m sorry, I will not hold elections on credit, I will not take money from weapons and give it to elections either,” Zelensky said in August. “But if you give me this financial support, if the parliamentarians realize that we need to do this, then let’s quickly change the legislation and, most importantly, let’s take risks together.”
But now that Congress and the American people are souring on continuing to fund the war in Ukraine for “as long as it takes” like Joe Biden first promised, Zelensky is singing a different tune about holding elections.
During a nightly address on Monday, Zelensky called discussions about the election next year “absolutely irresponsible” given the war with Russia.
“Now everyone should think about defending our country,” Zelensky said. “We need to pull ourselves together, avoid unwinding and splitting up into disputes or other priorities.”
“If there is no victory, there will be no country,” Zelensky told the Ukrainian people. “Our victory is possible. It will come if we all focus on it. Not on politicking or searching for some personal interest. Not on disagreements that will do nothing for the country, defense, and our advancement.”
Zelensky urged the people to “remember what is most important in Ukraine right now.”
“The enemy is insane, and it is powerful,” Zelensky ranted. “And it wants to destroy Ukraine, just as it has always wanted to.”
Zelensky then turned to the issue of elections, which are supposed to take place in 2024, but he told the people that “now is not the time for grand celebrations or other brazen things in the rear.”
Elections, Zelensky said, are “unacceptable in times of war.”
“We all understand that now, in wartime, when there are so many challenges, it is absolutely irresponsible to throw the topic of elections into society in a lighthearted and playful way,” he said.
“I believe that now is not the right time for elections,” he continued, before adding that “and if we need to put an end to a political dispute and continue to work in unity, there are structures in the state that are capable of putting an end to it and giving society all the necessary answers.”
Joe Biden and the Democrats are constantly talking about democracy and how important it is to defend it.
But Biden ally Zelensky is threatening to end democracy in Ukraine by canceling the election.