Posts tagged as President Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

Friday, April 19, 2019

Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko has held the office for nearly five years — while Zelenskiy has played the role on television for more than three. A look at the two contenders to lead Ukraine’s 42 million people: VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old comic actor, is best known…

Unpredictable election makes Ukraine’s friends wary

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Ukraine’s Western backers fear the country’s next president may prove unwilling or unable to accelerate reforms they have spent five years investing in, whoever it turns out to be. The election due on Sunday has boiled down to a three-horse race between President Petro Poroshenko, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series. Kiev-based Western diplomats said all…