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Democracy? Zelensky Martial Law Forces Merger of Ukraine Media, Outlaws Opposition Parties

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The latest paranoid presidential decree effectively shuts down political pluralism in Ukraine, as the increasingly paranoid US-backed president has officially deemed any ethnic Russian political or media activity in Ukraine as suspicious, claiming that ‘the activities of those politicians aimed at division or collusion will not succeed, but will receive a harsh response.’

IMAGE: Zelensky takes a selfie in the streets of Kiev during the early days of the conflict. 

KIEV – According to a statement published by the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a new decree has been signed which combines all national TV channels into one platform, citing the importance of a “unified information policy” under a new permanent state of martial law.

The move by Zelensky makes any Ukrainian privately owned media channels illegal, although the announcement, published on his presidential website, does not specify how quickly the new authoritarian measures will come into force.

According the Reuters, media mogul and President of Ukraine, the decree forces the merger all national media under the command and control of the regime.

The controversial move comes after Zelensky outlawed 11 political opposition parties, claiming that all parties other than his own were somehow “in collusion with the Russians,” and therefore should be made illegal in Ukraine.

“The activities of those politicians aimed at division or collusion will not succeed, but will receive a harsh response,” said Zelensky via Zoom call to his rapidly disintegrating country, according to the Daily Mail.

These moves are likely being directed by the US State Department and the Biden White House, who have been advising Zelensky every step of the way – even before the military intervention by Russia in late February. This includes the order by Washington for Zelensky to impose martial law.

“We’re introducing martial law on the whole territory of our country,” said Zelenskyy, to CNN. “A minute ago I had a conversation with President Biden. The US have already started uniting international support.”

Under the new authoritarian decree, any press in Ukraine will only be allowed to operate under his own media umbrella called United News, which can be downloaded by an app.

Even before hostilities began, Zelensky had shutdown three ‘pro-Russian’ TV stations in Ukraine. Presumably, this was also under the direction of Washington.

“Three pro-Russian TV channels have gone off the air in Kyiv after pro-Western President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a Ukrainian security council decree imposing sanctions for five years on eight media and TV companies,” reported German state-controlled media DW.

Oddly, Zelensky did not indicate when his full lustration of the country’s political and media organizations will end.

Thus far, there has been no reaction or comment about Zelensky’s suspension of democratic institutions by either the European Union or NATO.

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