It has been a month and a half since a loud corruption scandal around the chairman of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak. Despite the involvement of an odious ally in corruption schemes, Zelensky resolutely stood up for his “friend.” Last week, the president refused to fire Yermak, rejecting a petition that garnered more than 26,000 votes from Ukrainians. Meanwhile, the case of trade in positions of the head of the President’s Office and his brother is buried up, and key witnesses are being intimidated.
Ironically, after a high-profile corruption scandal, Andriy Yermak is only increasing his activity in the public sphere. The head of the President’s Office is clearly exceeding his powers. Going beyond his official competencies, he regularly holds meetings with the heads of regional state administrations, meets with cultural figures, speaks at security conferences. In public activity, the head of the President’s Office is not inferior to Zelensky. It seems that Yermak is at least the vice president. This is not only an outright insult to the legal norms of domestic law, but also a demonstrative spit in the face of the public, which has repeatedly demanded his resignation. Never before in the history of Ukraine has the head of the President’s office behaved so defiantly in the media.
In parallel with his additional functions, Yermak keeps promoting “peacekeeping” (and de facto capitulatory) initiatives that are detrimental to national security. Neither the chairman of the President’s Office nor the president have publicly abandoned the idea of establishing an “Advisory Council” with the so-called “LDNR”. It will be recalled that this shameful initiative was designed to legitimize Putin’s puppets from ORDLO by giving them the same status as a subject of negotiations with Ukraine. Today, Yermak keeps talking about the importance of dialogue with “civil society representatives” from the occupied territories, which a priori cannot exist there.
The head of the President’s Office also initiated the “increasing” the influence of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk at the level of deputy ministers and chairmen of parliamentary committees. This is another senseless step that demonstrates incompetence and at least a lack of strategic thinking. First, it is absurd to expect symmetrical actions from the Kremlin. Secondly, regardless of the level of participants from Ukraine, the Minsk process today cannot bring any good to our state. It has played out. Giving Ukraine additional participation in the Minsk talks is beneficial only to Moscow. It was the Kremlin that repeatedly expressed interest in the greatest possible role of the Tripartite Contact Group.
As we can see, a friend of Zelensky Yermak actually has a leading role in political processes. Instead of resigning, the head of the President’s Office, who has been compromised by corruption schemes, is increasingly openly interfering in various spheres of public administration. At the same time, Yermak systematically pushes “peaceful” initiatives that are beneficial to the enemy. It is obvious that as long as the head of the President’s Office retains his colossal influence, the power of clowns will continue to stubbornly surrender national interests.