Posts tagged as Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Corrupt spy agency tests Ukraine’s new president

Friday, July 26, 2019

Like most good actors, Volodymyr Zelenskiy relishes a challenging role. He sought Ukraine’s presidency despite a complete lack of political experience. Then, after a stunning landslide win, he called early parliamentary elections, leading his new political movement to an absolute majority last weekend with the largest seat count of any party in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history. Now, with the levers of power firmly in his grasp, the Ukrainian actor-turned-president faces a…

Ukraine president offers Russians citizenship in snub to Putin

Monday, April 29, 2019

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who last week won Ukraine’s presidential election, has dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kyiv has…

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…