After something like this, I believe it would be very difficult for the world to see the US as a symbol of democracy. — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
After something like this, I believe it would be very difficult for the world to see the US as a symbol of democracy. — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine's president says the Capitol attack makes it hard for the world to see the US as a 'symbol of democracy'
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the January 6 Capitol attack was a "strong blow" to American democracy.
  • "After something like this, I believe it would be very difficult for the world to see the US as a symbol of democracy," he told Axios.
  • Zelensky was at the center of President Donald Trump's first impeachment in late 2019 and early 2020.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a new interview with Axios that aired Sunday said that the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 greatly tarnished the world's image of the US.

Asked how he felt as he watched the Capitol attack from afar, Zelensky said he was "very shocked" and "could not imagine that something like this was possible in the US." He described the deadly insurrection as a "strong blow" to American democracy.

"In Ukraine, we lived through two revolutions ... we understood such things can happen in the world," Zelensky said. "But that it could happen in the United States? No one expected that ... I was very worried … I did not want you to have a coup."

... During an infamous July 2019 phone call, Trump pressured Zelensky to launch an investigation into then-presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump was urging his Ukrainian counterpart to begin an inquiry into baseless allegations that Biden used his influence as vice president in the Obama administration to shield his son from a legal probe in Ukraine. Trump also wanted Zelensky to look into a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.


The call took place as Trump withheld millions of dollars of congressionally-approved military aid to Kiev, which heavily relies on US assistance amid an ongoing war with Kremlin-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Trump was ultimately impeached in the House in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in relation to his Ukraine dealings, but acquitted in the Senate in February 2020.
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