The Ukrainian President had political opponents arrested and banned TV stations who criticized him.
To hold on to power Ukraine's president shut down the three TV stations that were openly criticising him and his policies. In February 2021, Zelenskiy signed a decree banning the three television stations who were openly criticising him. At the stroke of a pen Zelensky silenced his critics from speaking out against him, ensuring that only those stations loyal to him remained on air. The Kiev stations targeted were ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine who all had their licences revoked and ordered to stay off air for the next five years.
Zelensky also imprisoned the head of the political opposition rather than debate him in parliament.
Volodymyr Zelensky had the leader of the largest opposition party placed under house arrest rather than battle him in the Ukrainian parliament. Viktor Medvedchuk, the freely elected political party leader who opposed Zelenskiy, was arrested following a long feud with Ukrainian president. Zelenskiy placed several of party's shadow cabinet under arrest effectively removing any opposition from political debate.
Medvedchuk, the leader of Opposition party – For Life, the second-largest party in the country’s parliament, was detained by security officials on charges of "conspiring with Moscow to disrupt coal supplies to Ukraine from South Africa in 2014". He argued that this was a purely political move, calling the case “absurd” and saying that Ukrainian authorities had absolutely no evidence for the alleged crime.
All of these things were done in full knowledge and with the support of the European Union. The very things that Putin has been accused of doing have also been done by Zelensky. Does this sound like a democracy?