Volodymyr Zelensky: speeches under the banner of war NDR.de

Status: 01.06.2022 1:02 p.m.

In the book “For Ukraine – for Freedom” are the speeches of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to read. A conversation with Christoph Steskal from Olsztyn Verlag.

Mr. Steskal, we have often seen the speeches of Volodymyr Zelensky – what changes when you read everything?

Christopher Steskal: Provides a psychological blueprint for the attack. The first printed speech was given a few days before the attack – the last on March 30. You can use these letters to notice how spelling changes, and how language is charged differently, from diplomatic to concrete. The man who comes from another frame is suddenly at war, and as such documents this incomprehensible in his own way.

Where to where do you evolve in spelling?

Stecal: It shows a president at war, a military leader, and a motivator to his people – and at the same time you can see how he crafts his speeches based on who he’s addressing. Sometimes he talks to certain countries, sometimes he talks to the wider world, but then he talks back to his people and sometimes to the Russian people as well. It will also be interesting to see later on how he finds his own words, his own frames, to draw people to the places that are important to them, to motivate them, to calm them down or to do something about them – essentially targeting international nations.

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For Ukraine – for freedom. Speeches in the name of war
By Volodymyr Zelensky
Publisher: Olstein
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN: 9783550202421
Price: 10.99 €

Speaking in Cannes about Francis Ford Coppola and “Apocalypse Now”, he talks at the Grammys about the power of music, before appealing to the French Parliament to Verdun. He seems to touch people’s hearts with great sympathy, right?

Stecal: In any case. In his address to the Bundestag, he clearly referred to the massacres that took place in Ukraine through our German participation. He already knows which buttons he can press to move the things that are important to him. You also notice where it came from, specifically from the context of the media.

Does he also change his language when addressing the Russian population or the Ukrainian population?

Stecal: Either way, it’s also about empathy. Of course, with the Ukrainian population, it is about sympathy on the one hand, but immediately motivating them: we will achieve it! On the one hand, the blame for the Russian population and partly also for the Russian soldiers is: What is happening in your name? However, at the same time, with the sympathy that you yourself make victims of misguided policies, a crazy strategy of a criminal plan. He is already thinking his way into the minds of everyone he addresses.

Selenskyj used to be an actor and comedian. Anyone who comes from this angle can communicate well. If we look at his language as a politician, as a president during the war: is this good political communication? Or does this also have parts of this ancient side of it?

Stecal: In the end, it’s really a political connection. One also notes that he got to know terms that were definitely not his own before. He can’t and doesn’t want to get out of the skin of someone who knows how to build something that will appeal to an audience. But they are not show speeches. He knows how to put himself in the spotlight, he knows how to convey things in a natural way, but the motive is political at the moment too – he certainly didn’t suspect it a few weeks ago – military-political. You also align with the person’s development through speeches.

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What do we know about the background? It is said that he wrote all the speeches himself, but you can’t believe he writes such well-researched texts at this rate, right?

Stecal: This is a legitimate question and I can’t answer it either. It really is an enormous frequency. Since the editing of this book was completed, several sermons have been added. I suppose, as in most cases, he has assistants and researchers. The facts used there must also be true. I can’t imagine him doing it all on his own – but I don’t know. No matter how they do it, it looks seamless. The sound always sounds the same.

I must be very careful about the next question: If you think about how the exit from this war might be: Could this very lively, radiant and emotional Ukrainian president – in stark contrast to Vladimir Putin – also be a problem that could represent Where personal damage and more polarization between the two?

Stecal: Perhaps this cannot be completely ruled out. Personal injuries appear to be more common in those who do not communicate as much. And if so, then only outside its walls. In the case of Selenskyj, one has to ask himself whether he has been a politician and head of state for so long that he could incur a personal injury in this job through such an attack, which then leads him to overreact. I’d rather say no. He sees himself trapped in a role he could never have imagined, and uses every means and levers at his disposal to avoid or diminish his country.

led the interview Misha Criscott.

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