The more I see of Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, the more I admire him. A former actor and comedian with little to no former political experience, he has led Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion with raw courage and determination. He and his fellow countrymen have fought bravely against the poorly led and apathetic Russian soldiers, and the war has not been as swift and easy as the Russians expected. The Russians have admitted publicly that they have suffered almost 500 KIA so far.
Russian forces greatly outnumber the Ukrainians. The eventual conquest of Ukraine is all but certain. Vladimir Putin will soon rule Ukraine and replace its rulers with a stooge government under the complete control of Russia.
My expectation is that Zelensky will fight to the end. My guess is that he won’t survive. He’ll either be killed in combat, or the Russians will execute him. If he does avoid death, he will be imprisoned for life by the Russians in a penal institute so primitive that he won’t survive long. In the unlikely event that he stays alive and escapes the fall of Ukraine, he will lead the inevitable insurrection that the Ukrainians will subject the Russian conquerors to. It will take the form of a guerrilla war which will harry the oppressive Russians and give them no peace.
Russia’s invasion and ultimate conquest of Ukraine will go down in history as among the most heinous of Putin’s crimes. But all of us will know the story of Volodymyr Zelensky’s heroism. Let us honor him and his Ukrainian compatriots as they deserve.