In an attempt to cement power, Volodymyr Zelensky has called for snap elections, sparking a severe backlash from the opposition.
Zelenskiy won the Ukrainian presidential election with a strong majority, reigniting hopes and aspirations.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, star of the TV series "Servant of the People" will now take the helm of a country of 45 million people beset by challenges and having run on the vaguest of political platforms.
Dismayed by endemic corruption and a struggling economy, Ukrainian voters appear poised to strongly rebuke incumbent Petro Poroshenko and replace him with TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko attacks candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy's inexperience and claims he is dangerously pro-Russia and in turn the comic actor accuses his rival of being corrupt.
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy is heading to Paris to meet the French president. He is predicted to win the presidential election run-off, despite his only political experience of playing the president in a TV show.
Volodomyr Zelensky might be a comedian but the first round of voting has shown that his candidacy is no joke.
Renowned TV comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s very likely victory may transcend the country's deepest political schism which has long played into the Russian hands.
Volodymyr Zelensky was cast in the role of a history teacher who accidentally became president in a TV show in Ukraine. He's now taking the lead in the country's presidential race and it's no joke.
With nearly 60 percent of the polling stations counted Monday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy had 30 percent of Sunday's vote, while incumbent President Petro Poroshenko was a distant second with just over 16 percent.
The top three contenders in Ukraine's presidential elections cast their vote on Sunday in a first round which a comedian - who happens to play a fictional president in a popular TV series - is tipped to win.
A two-time prime minister and a deputy prime minister for energy, Yulia Tymoshenko, was once known as the 'gas princess' for her designer clothes and involvement in the gas industry.
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