OREANDA-NEWS Vladimir Zelensky's term of office expires on May 20, he will cease to be the legitimate president of Ukraine.

Presidential elections in the neighboring republic were to be held on March 31, 2024, and the inauguration of the newly elected head of state would take place in May. But the vote was canceled, citing martial law and general mobilization. Zelensky stated that the elections are now "not the time", stressing that an end should be put to this issue.

According to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, the head of the Kiev regime "feels the vulnerability of his positions" and "on the eve of the expiration of his term of office on May 20, he is desperately trying to get rid of the "unreliable". As specified in the special service, large-scale purges in the army, reshuffles in the government, the leadership of the SBU and the National Security and Defense Council are being carried out in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the question of Zelensky's legitimacy after the expiration of his powers as head of state should be answered by the political and legal systems of Ukraine itself. The Russian leader recalled that in the constitution of the neighboring country "there are all sorts of options", which should be evaluated by the Constitutional Court of the republic.

At the same time, as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted, Moscow will analyze the situation with the expiration of Zelensky's term of office in order to declare its position.

The day before, the American newspaper The Washington Post reported that under the circumstances, the head of the Kiev regime could be accused of undermining democracy in Ukraine.