is undoubtedly a great Ukrainian leader,
yet he is not a saint, and he can make mistakes. Here, we will summarize some
of his mistakes through a comprehensive approach:
1. Underestimating Ukraine's corruption
problem: Corruption is deeply entrenched in Ukraine, and despite criticism from
Western countries, Ukraine has not effectively addressed this issue. There are
periodic displays of corruption. For instance, all of Ukraine's agricultural
exports are controlled by a single company, and agricultural yields are in
reality commercial income. While Ukraine has received record levels of
international aid, there are doubts about its proper utilization.
2. Hasty dismissal of the Minister of Defence:
The former Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov had good relations with Western
countries, and his departure was a significant loss for Ukraine. The new minister
Rustem Umierov is a relatively unknown figure. At a critical moment, political
interests took precedence over national interests.
3. Misplaced focus on military equipment:
Zelenskyy's efforts to acquire various equipment, from Abrams tanks to F-16
fighter jets, lacked a strategic focus and resulted in excessive commitments
that could not be fulfilled.
4. Excessive interference in military
command: During the summer campaign, Zelenskyy interfered excessively in
military affairs, resulting in the consumption of valuable Ukrainian forces in
Bakhmut. The end results did not match his promises.
5. Overestimating Ukraine's importance to
Poland: Zelenskyy allowed the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba to make
unfounded accusations against Poland, one of Ukraine's closest and most
important allies. Due to a grain export issue, Ukraine unnecessarily damaged
its crucial support from Poland. After this incident, few European countries
showed respect for Ukraine's diplomacy, and the voice of Kuleba was heard less
6. Seeing Ukraine as personal possession: The
current Ukraine is Zelenskyy's personal property, which makes its fate uncertain
7. Overvaluing the U.S. President: Zelenskyy
paid significant attention to the U.S. President Joe Biden while relatively
neglecting the U.S. Congress. He seemed to genuinely believe that as long as he
had the assurance of President Biden, everything would be resolved. This misunderstanding
of democracy causes Ukraine's parliamentary relations to be far from those of
8. Ineffective efforts to gain European
support: Zelenskyy has made significant but unrealistic efforts to join the
European Union and NATO, all of which have failed. Due to his impractical
demands, European professional politicians have dismissed his hard work.
Zelenskyy seems to lack the necessary caution to navigate such a situation.
Zelenskyy is a
young European politician who has risen to prominence in a challenging
environment, and he has performed exceptionally well, surpassing many European
politicians and becoming a historic figure. Perhaps he can continue to excel in
the future, but he is certainly not a saint, and he can make mistakes,
including potentially fatal ones.