Ukrainian lawmakers vote against Cabinet resignation

Europe 05/30/19, 06:42

Ukrainian lawmakers have refused to accept the Cabinet's resignation in a snub to the nation's newly sworn-in president.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who won a landslide victory in last month's presidential election, faces a hostile parliament dominated by former President Petro Poroshenko's supporters.Zelenskiy called snap parliamentary elections for July 21 in ...

Georgia’s ex-president back in Ukraine; citizenship restored

Europe 05/29/19, 10:56

Georgia's ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili has arrived in Ukraine a day after its new leader reinstated his citizenship.Saakashvili arrived in Kiev on Wednesday following the decision by Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to restore his citizenship.He praised Zelenskiy for a "quick and brave" decision to give back his citizenship. Speaking to ...

Ukraine ex-president accused of taking key servers with him

Europe 05/29/19, 05:49

Less than two weeks after Ukraine's new president assumed office, his staff discovered that his predecessor had apparently gutted out key computer equipment in a meeting room when he left office.Oleksandr Danylyuk, who was appointed chairman of the National Security and Defense Council on Tuesday, said all the equipment from ...

Former Georgian president gets Ukrainian citizenship back

Europe 05/28/19, 10:05

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, has been given his Ukrainian citizenship back by the country's new president.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who last week took power in Ukraine following his convincing election victory, signed a decree on Tuesday that gave back Saakashvili his Ukrainian citizenship. He had been stripped ...

New Ukrainian President Zelenskiy visits eastern war zone

World 05/27/19, 14:33

Ukraine's new president has visited military positions in the country's east, where the army has been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was inaugurated a week ago , went to two positions Monday in the Luhansk region, according to his office. At one forward position, he was within ...

Update: Ukraine leader calls snap parliamentary election

World 05/21/19, 09:59

The Latest on Ukraine's politics (all times local):6 p.m.Ukraine's new president has signed a decree dissolving the parliament and calling a snap election in two months.Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a meeting with the lawmakers in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Zelenskiy dropped a bombshell when he said ...

Update: New Ukrainian president disbands parliament

Europe 05/20/19, 03:13

The Latest on Ukrainian politics (all times local): 11 a.m. Ukrainian television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been sworn in as president and immediately disbanded Parliament. Disbanding the Supreme Rada was one of his campaign promises, for Zelenskiy had branded the body as a group of people only interested in self-enrichment. Before he made the ...

TV comedian Zelenskiy sworn in as Ukraine’s president

Europe 05/20/19, 02:28

Television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been sworn in as Ukraine's next president after he beat the incumbent at the polls last month.The ceremony was held at Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Monday morning.Zelenskiy ditched the idea of a traditional motorcade and walked to the parliament through a park packed with ...

Ukraine’s new president set to be sworn in next week

Europe 05/16/19, 07:14

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted to swear the new president into office next week, opening the possibility of a snap parliamentary election.The Supreme Rada voted overwhelmingly to set the date for Volodymyr Zelenskiy's inauguration for May 20. Zelenskiy, a popular comedian with no political experience, has said in the past ...

TV star Zelenskiy officially named new Ukrainian president

Europe 04/30/19, 07:25

Election authorities in Ukraine have officially named TV star and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy as the country's new president.The Central Election Commission on Tuesday presented the official results of the April 21 vote, showing Zelenskiy beat incumbent President Petro Poroshenko by winning 73% of the vote.Zelenskiy has criticized election authorities for ...

Ukraine’s parliament adopts controversial language bill

Europe 04/25/19, 04:09

The Ukrainian Parliament has approved a language law that seeks to increase the use of Ukrainian in a country where Russian is also widely used. The Supreme Rada on Thursday, April 25, voted overwhelmingly to support the bill, which will force increased use of Ukrainian in the media and in public ...

Zelenskiy wins Ukraine’s presidential election with 73%

Europe 04/23/19, 10:37

Full preliminary results show TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy won Ukraine's presidential election with 73% of the vote.The Ukrainian Central Election Commission on Tuesday published the full and final count of votes in Sunday's election which also showed incumbent Petro Poroshenko with only 24%.Zelenskiy, 41, is a political novice who is ...

Comic Zelenskiy wins Ukraine presidential vote in landslide

Europe 04/22/19, 02:37

Results from nearly all polling stations show that TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the Ukrainian presidential runoff vote in a landslide.The Central Election Commission says Monday that Zelenskiy has won 73% of the vote while the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko got just 24% support with more than 95% of ...

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Europe 04/21/19, 19:15

A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a 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. Results from 52% of polling stations' tallies showed sitcom star Volodymyr ...

Update: Corruption, dire economy key issues in Ukraine

Europe 04/21/19, 03:19

The Latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local):10:10 a.m.Corruption and economic stagnation are big issues for voters in Ukraine's presidential runoff.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, left, and Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, right, argue their debates at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 19, 2019. ...

Ukraine quite ahead of presidential election

Europe 04/20/19, 04:43

Ahead of Sunday's hotly contested presidential election, Ukraine is observing a so-called "day of silence" in which campaigning is forbidden.The campaign hit a dramatic high on Friday night when the comic actor who is far ahead in public opinion polls debated with President Petro Poroshenko in the country's largest sports ...

Thousands rally in Kiev in support of incumbent president

Europe 04/19/19, 07:42

Thousands have rallied in the Ukrainian capital to support President Petro Poroshenko who is trailing in opinion polls ahead of this Sunday's election.Poroshenko will be hoping he can help turn the tide in a televised debate Friday against his opponent, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who grew popular thanks to a television ...

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

Europe 04/19/19, 05:20

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 ...

In Ukrainian candidate’s hometown, a cry for change

Europe 04/19/19, 01:33

Residents of this grim industrial city in eastern Ukraine say they are exhausted by a daily battle for survival amid low wages and soaring bills. Many of them believe a native son — a comedian with no political experience — is just the person to lift them out of their ...

Ukraine reverses nationalization of tycoon’s bank

Europe 04/18/19, 09:59

A Ukrainian court on Thursday ruled that the 2016 nationalization of a major bank owned by a tycoon was illegal, sending shockwaves through the country's financial community.Privatbank, Ukraine's biggest lender, was nationalized in 2016 after authorities discovered a capital shortfall of more than $5 billion. The bank was owned by ...

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