Post: How is Kyiv reacting to the US midterm elections?

A Republican victory in the midterm elections could also affect US support for Ukraine. Accordingly, the reaction in Kiev is failing.

We’ll probably have to wait until December for final decisions in this year’s midterm elections in the US. However, it can already be said with certainty that the Republican victory that many observers expected did not materialize.

It is news that should have been received with some relief in Kiev, even though government politicians have so far been reluctant to comment on the election results.

Zelenskyj: Call for unity

On Tuesday, it became clear that Ukraine is looking at the midterms with a certain amount of curiosity. “I call on you to maintain unshakable unity,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message on the occasion of being awarded the US Medal of Peace.

  • Although 30 prominent members of the Democrats demanded a change of course in Ukraine policy in an open letter withdrawn from the White House a day later at the end of October, the Ukrainian President’s most recent appeal was directed primarily. at the Republicans.

    Just a few weeks ago, the leader of the Republicans in the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, threatened that there would be no “blank check” for Ukraine in the future if his party won the expected majority in the House of Congress.

    USA: Ukraine’s biggest supporter

    This would be a major setback for Ukraine, which is engaged in a defensive war against Russia, as the United States is by far the country’s most important backer. In May, the US Congress approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.

    “People in Ukraine wonder where the Republicans stand,” says Andreas Umland, an analyst at the Stockholm Center for Eastern European Studies (ZDFtoday).

    There is also some confusion about some of the Republicans’ statements, as Republicans have a better reputation in Ukraine than the Democrats.

    Andreas Umland, analyst at the Stockholm Center for Eastern European Studies

    First of all, it refers to the Cold War era and the strict anti-Soviet stance of the Republican Party.

    Republicans have a good reputation in Ukraine

    Another reason for the Republicans’ good reputation in Ukraine is their party-affiliated foundation, the International Republican Institute. “Democrats are also represented in Ukraine and are affiliated with their own organization, but Republicans were more active,” explains Umland, referring to another direction:

    We should not forget the Ukrainian diaspora in the USA, which is politically close to the Republicans.

    Andreas Umland, analyst at the Stockholm Center for Eastern European Studies

    Despite all the frustration with some Republican politicians, it’s amazing how sober people in Ukraine react to the midterms.

    Ukraine: No time for conspiracy theories and fake news

    “Ukraine cannot afford the luxury of devoting its resources and time to dealing with conspiracy theorists and disinformation spreaders,” warned Aliona Getmanchuk, head of the Nova Evropa think tank, in an article for Evropeyska Pravda. Instead, he called for a focus on forces within the Republican Party that are empowering Ukraine.

    As an example, Getmanchuk cited Mitch McConnell, who led the Republicans in the US Senate.

    In addition to the different attitudes of the republicans towards Ukraine, another reason for the now calm reactions from Kiev may be decisive.

    In any case, many political observers assume that the United States will not reduce its aid to Ukraine, at least next year. One of them: Jeffrey Rathke, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. In an interview with ZDF on Tuesday, he said: (from 17:39 minutes): Even if the Republicans win both houses of Congress, “in foreign policy, Biden will keep his course no matter the outcome of this election.”

    Rathke said Democrats could provide Biden with funds to support Ukraine in the coming weeks. This “will put the President in a position to support Ukraine militarily and financially for the next 10 to 12 months.”

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