The governments of the United States and its allies today (Sunday) discussed how to secure the line of transfer of power in Ukraine in case the President Volodymyr Zelensky He will be captured or killed by Russian forces invading the country, the New York Times reported. According to the report, Western countries want to make sure that in any future scenario there will be an independent Ukrainian government in some way, even if Russia finds a way to impose a puppet regime in the country. Sources in the West said that independent leadership in Ukraine would help prevent any pro-Russian leader from gaining legitimacy.
The same sources said that the presence of Zelensky and the motivational speeches he delivered over the past two weeks, were key factors in maintaining the morale of the Ukrainian army and people. They also stressed that it was important for this situation to continue.
The focus on securing the regime’s legacy comes, in part, because Ukraine’s constitution is unclear on the issue, and because Zelensky has already said he does not want to leave the country. “I need ammunition, not a ride,” he tweeted last week. Despite reports in the news, American sources deny that they ever offered to evacuate the president or recommended that he leave.