The Ukranians in 2019 voted for Zelenskiy- the guy who ran on much less hawkish and pro-Western platform than Poroshenko and by some Zelenskiy used to be considered "Pro-Russian" (by post-Maidan criteria, ofc). He won because Poroshenko didn't manage to give the Ukranians the Western level of living standards they hoped for, the Ukranian population was disillusioned by the naive EuroEuphoria which fueled both Maidans (actually, a pretty common trait of many post-Soviet Urban Philisiters who think that liberal reforms would bring prosperity automatically.) His main promise to the electorate was to end the Donbass conflict as soon possible and other promises included such points as enacting a softer language law, for example.Why does Ukraine’s ‘importance’ to Moscow (an importance that does not extend to the people themselves, if the current war is any indication) outweigh the will of the Ukrainian people?
And he did nothing he promised when elected president. For some reason, the pro-Estern electorate is never able to actually push their agenda even if their candidate becomes president.
And also, the Moscow also used to be very important to Ukraine, considering sheer economic interdependence caused by Soviet economic chains. Hell, current Ukranian president used to be acting in many Russian films and even had a rant in around 2015 that "Nobody is going to watch films in Ukranian".