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Ukrainian president bans opposition’s ‘left-wing’ parties: Reports

British publication reports Volodymyr Zelenskyy banned 11 left-wing opposition parties

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ordered the banning of the nation’s 11 remaining left-wing opposition parties in a live stream on Saturday.

In a tweet, British publication Challenge Magazine reported that the Ukrainian president had banned For Life, Sharij’s Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left Opposition, Union of Left Forces, Derzhava, Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Socialist Party of Ukraine, the Socialists, and Volodymyr Saldo’s Bloc.

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The publication said that Zelenskyy had accused the parties of being “pro-Russian” and distorted facts due to the parties being anti-war.

The news was met by anger, with international journalist Richard Medhurst commenting that if the Russian President Vladimir Putin would have done something similar, then it would have been declared as a Stalin-esque move, in a reference to the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s mass killings.

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A tech writer commented on the issue saying that deification of political leaders was bad and bound to make anyone look less than smart.

However, some also took to Twitter, shedding doubt on the cause of the ban. Podcaster Sean Oakley said that some of the banned parties had shown sympathies with Russia and were at risk of being installed as puppet administrations in occupied cities.

Another user shared a series of screenshots with his tweet that showed the parties’ political ideologies as pro-russian. They also showed that some of these banned parties were not left-wing at all as the publication had claimed.

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