A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a huge landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country’s entrenched corruption and low standard of living.
Sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy, for his part, promised wide changes at the top echelons of government and said his No. 1 task would be securing the release of about 170 Ukrainian military members taken prisoner in the east or in Russia.
#Ukraine has been plagued by rampant graft, a sickly economy and a grinding, five-year war with Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country that has killed over 13,000 people.
After his apparent election, #Zelenskiy said he would engage Russia to try to end the conflict. He also said, without giving details, that “we will make a very powerful information war” in order to stop the fighting.
He also suggested, in a remark that could grate on #Russia , that his victory could be a model for other former Soviet states that want to move forward from ossified politics: “To all the countries of the former #SovietUnion — look at us, everything is possible.” >> he has won in a landslide Democratic and peaceful election. We will see how Putin reacts. The new leader is an inexperienced tv personality after all (sounds familiar?) so he can either be corrupted by the kremlin or he may be poisoned soon. #ukraineelections2019 - 22 seconds ago