Putin released his advisor on Ukraine Surkov, acknowledging the failure of Russian politics in Kiev
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired his assistant, Vladislav Surkov, earlier this week. In the presidential administration, Surkov was responsible for Ukraine. The presidential decree for the release of Surkov was posted on the Kremlin’s website. The document shall enter into force upon signature.
Russian opposition media commented that the removal of Surkov meant only the Kremlin’s failure in their policies toward Ukraine. The release of the advisor is primarily linked to the fact that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has categorically cut off some of the Kremlin’s insane terms of settling the conflict, allegedly negotiated behind the scenes by Surkov, thus undermining Putin’s expectations of easy triumph and “capitulation” to Kiev. At the same time, negative trends in Ukrainian society towards Russia continue to intensify. Recent polls show that 70.5% of Ukrainians consider Russia a hostile country.