Concerns about Yermak's influence on Ukrainian democracy discussed by analyst

Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Ukrainian officials are growing increasingly concerned about President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's reliance on Andriy Yermak, the head of the Presidential Office, according to a report by The Times. In a recent interview with Radio NV, political analyst Ihor Reiterovych discussed the potential risks of this situation.

He explained that Western media criticism of Yermak is frequent, suggesting he is amassing too much control. The Presidential Office has dismissed these claims as Russian psychological operations or attempts to undermine Ukrainian state power.

Reiterovych argued that such dismissals are weak and that there is a genuine concern among Ukraine's partners and allies about a dysfunction and distortion within the Ukrainian power structure. "What we actually see is that in the countries that are partners and allies of Ukraine, the understanding of a certain dysfunctionality and distortion of the power structure that exists in Ukraine today is becoming clearer," he said.

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The analyst pointed out that while Ukraine asks for help—which is reasonable and appropriate—there is a noticeable absence of direct communication with the president or those officially responsible according to Ukrainian law. This has led to a perceived over-reliance on Yermak, which could undermine the democratic processes in Ukraine.

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Reiterovych also noted that the increased visibility of these concerns might be linked to difficulties our partners face in communicating directly with President Zelenskyy or other officially responsible figures. He mentioned that the focus seems to be unusually concentrated on Yermak, which is worrying for Ukraine's allies, particularly in the context of controlling funds allocated to support the country.

The situation is further complicated by Yermak's public interactions, such as meeting with the Pope, which typically would be roles filled by the President or the Foreign Minister. This centralization of power and informal practices are increasingly viewed as problematic by Ukraine's international partners and could pose long-term risks to the state's democratic structure.

As the discussion continued, Reiterovych expressed his concern about the potential long-term consequences of this power dynamic, emphasizing the need for a more balanced and transparent governance structure in Ukraine, especially during such critical times.

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