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Ukrainian trust in Zelensky at wartime low: survey

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Ukrainians’ trust in President Volodymyr Zelensky has fallen below 60 percent for the first time since Russia’s February 2022 invasion, according to a leading poll published Friday.

Zelensky has faced many challenges in the past year, including a failed summer counteroffensive, a divisive debate on mobilisation and high-profile corruption scandals involving senior officials.

Public trust in the 46-year-old zoomed to 90 percent in May 2022 but by May 2024 it had plunged to 59 percent, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) reported.

“We would like to point out that Volodymyr Zelensky still retains legitimacy in the eyes of Ukrainian society and the majority of Ukrainians continue to trust him,” the pollster said.

“However, the downward trend in trust continues and, as can be seen from the results, the main reasons for criticism from ordinary Ukrainians are the not always successful staffing policy and issues of justice (in particular, in the form of fighting corruption and the fair burden of war for all),” KIIS said.

Zelensky’s first presidential term, which began in 2019, expired last month but he has remained in post under martial law.

The Ukrainian leader said last year he was “ready” to hold elections if necessary.

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