Siding with Ukraine’s far-right, US sabotaged Zelensky’s historic mandate for peace, by Aaron Maté

Ukraine’s Zelensky won his election by promising to end Ukraine’s war against Russian-speaking separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The U.S. and Ukraine’s Nazis put the kabosh on that. From Aaron Maté at

In 2019, Zelensky was elected on an overwhelming mandate to make peace with Russia. As Stephen F. Cohen warned that year, the US chose to side with Ukraine’s far-right and fuel war.

Zelensky in his May 2019 inaugural address. (

On a warm October day in 2019, the eminent Russia studies professor Stephen F. Cohen and I sat down in Manhattan for what would be our last in-person interview (Cohen passed away in September 2020 at the age of 81).

The House was gearing up to impeach Donald Trump for freezing weapons shipments to Ukraine while pressuring its government to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The Beltway media was consumed with frenzy of a presidency in peril. But Professor Cohen, one of the leading Russia scholars in the United States, was concerned with what the impeachment spectacle in Washington meant for the long-running war between the US-backed Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels in the Donbas.

At that point, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky was just months into an upstart presidency that he had won on a pledge to end the Donbas conflict. Instead of supporting the Ukrainian leader’s peace mandate, Democrats in Congress were impeaching Trump for briefly impeding the flow of weapons that fueled the fight. As his Democratic allies now like to forget, President Obama refused to send these same weapons out of fear of prolonging the war and arming Nazis. By abandoning Obama’s policy, the Democrats, Cohen warned, threaten to sabotage peace and strengthen Ukraine’s far-right.

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One response to “Siding with Ukraine’s far-right, US sabotaged Zelensky’s historic mandate for peace, by Aaron Maté

  1. Vladmir Yksnelez

    Zelensky never had any intention to stop the war in Donbass. He’s a Jew through and through and wants whites to die as they all do, so he would not stop the war. Same as his puppet masters in DC and this Cohen guy who is trying to cast him as some tragic figure who wanted to do the right thing but his fellow tribesmen wouldn’t let him. Cue tiny violins.


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