Ukraine election: The president vs. guy who plays one on TV

Europe 04/18/19, 09:34

Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday is a battle between a billionaire tycoon who rode anti-Russian protests to the nation's top office five years ago and a comedian who plays a president in a TV sitcom. Improbably, the actor appears poised to win.Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy's commanding lead in the polls reflects ...

Ukraine’s presidential candidate pushes for new parliament

Europe 04/18/19, 04:32

The odds-on favorite in Ukraine's presidential election runoff says he would like to call an early parliamentary election if he wins Sunday's vote.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comedian who leads in the polls ahead of Sunday's runoff, told the RBC Ukraine website in an interview Thursday that he would push for ...

Ukraine president holds 1-man ‘debate’ before runoff vote

Europe 04/14/19, 07:22

With one week remaining until Ukraine's presidential election runoff, President Petro Poroshenko has come to the country's largest sports stadium for a proposed debate where his opponent didn't show up.There also weren't any spectators in Kiev's Olimpiskiy Stadium, though a large crowd stood outside to listen to a broadcast of ...

Germany’s Merkel welcomes beleaguered Ukrainian leader

Europe 04/12/19, 08:15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the "very close relations" her country has built with Ukraine over recent years as she welcomed beleaguered President Petro Poroshenko to Berlin shortly before Ukrainian voters decide on their next leader.Polls show Poroshenko trailing by a wide margin ahead of the April 21 runoff ...

Poll puts Zelenskiy well ahead in Ukraine president race

Europe 04/11/19, 06:01

A new public opinion poll shows comedian and political neophyte Volodymyr Zelenskiy with an enormous lead over the incumbent in the campaign for Ukraine's presidency.The poll released by the Reiting survey group found Zelenskiy with 61% support and President Petro Poroshenko with 24%.The runoff election between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko is ...

Ukraine’s presidential candidates take drug test

Europe 04/05/19, 02:29

Ukraine's presidential candidates have taken alcohol and drug tests before a runoff vote.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a popular comedian who left President Petro Poroshenko far behind in Sunday's first round, had challenged the incumbent to take the test.Poroshenko took the test Friday at Kiev Olimpiyskiy Stadium, the country's biggest arena where the ...

Ukraine presidential candidate wants debate with drug tests

Europe 04/04/19, 12:09

The debate about a presidential runoff debate in Ukraine is escalating.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comic actor who easily beat President Petro Poroshenko in the first round, is proposing that a debate between the two before Ukraine's April 21 presidential runoff be moderated by the candidate who came in third place, former ...

Adviser to comedian-candidate says Ukraine ripe for change

Europe 04/03/19, 12:11

The thriving presidential campaign of Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy may seem improbable, but his campaign adviser says the country is at the point where it needs reforms from untraditional sources.Oleksandr Danylyuk spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday, three days after an election in which Zelenskiy received the most votes ...

Ukraine’s ex-PM accuses incumbent president of rigging vote

Europe 04/02/19, 04:58

Ukraine's former prime minister, who polled third in the nation's tight race for the presidency, claims that the incumbent president rigged the results in his favor.Yulia Tymoshenko said at a news conference on Tuesday that President Petro Poroshenko, who finished second beating Tymoshenko by less than 2 percentage points, falsified ...

Update: Election observers hail Ukraine vote as free

World 04/01/19, 08:36

The Latest on Ukraine's presidential election (all times local):4:35 p.m.Election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have hailed Ukraine's presidential election as competitive and free overall.Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, reacts as he responds to a journalist question during a press conference, after the presidential elections in ...

Comedian leads Ukraine presidential vote, runoff in 3 weeks

World 04/01/19, 01:22

Early results in Ukraine's presidential election show a comedian with no political experience maintaining his strong lead against the incumbent president in the first round, setting the stage for a runoff in three weeks.With just over half of the polling stations counted Monday, Volodomyr Zelenskiy had 30.2 percent of the ...

Polls open in Ukraine’s presidential election

Europe 03/31/19, 00:59

Ukrainians are casting ballots in Sunday's presidential election that follows a campaign marred by vicious political infighting and allegations of bribing of voters.The 42-million nation will choose from among 39 candidates it hopes can guide the country out of troubles including endemic corruption, a seemingly intractable conflict with Russia-backed separatists ...

Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine

Europe 03/30/19, 07:32

A comedian who's never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's presidential election, but even he appears to be falling far short of enough support to win in the first round.Ukrainians on Sunday will choose from among 39 candidates for a president they hope can guide ...

Ukraine’s minister: incumbent and his rival bribe voters

Europe 03/29/19, 03:03

Ukraine's interior minister has accused the incumbent president and a former premier of waging campaigns that involve bribing voters ahead of Sunday's presidential vote.In a statement issued late Thursday, Arsen Avakov said that his ministry is looking into hundreds of claims that campaigners for President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime ...

Ukraine: President claims tycoon backed rivals for revenge

Europe 03/28/19, 15:07

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says his two top election rivals are backed by a self-exiled tycoon who wants revenge for the nationalization of his bank.Poroshenko said at a rally in the city of Lviv on Thursday that billionaire businessman Ihor Kolomoyskyi is trying to unseat him by supporting comedian Volodymyr ...

A look at Ukraine’s 3 top presidential contenders

Europe 03/28/19, 02:54

By their nicknames, the top contenders in Ukraine's presidential election resemble a colorful operetta cast: "The Chocolate King," ''the Gas Princess," ''The Servant Of The People."Opinion polls before the March 31 vote indicate that no one will come close to the 50-percent support needed to win in the first round. ...

What’s at stake in Ukraine’s presidential election

Europe 03/28/19, 02:26

Awash in corruption, plagued by a war with Russia-backed separatists, reliant on international institutions for billions of dollars in aid, Ukraine presents stern challenges for its next president.Sunday's election, which will require a second round if none of the 39 candidates wins an absolute majority, comes five years after mass ...

Nationalists scuffle with police in Ukraine, 3 arrested

Europe 03/27/19, 14:38

Police in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia have arrested three people after nationalist demonstrators attempted to derail a campaign appearance by President Petro Poroshenko.Poroshenko has faced regular protests by ultra-right activists accusing him of corruption as he campaigned for a second five-year term in Sunday's election.Police said several hundred members ...

Ukraine’s ultra-right increasingly visible as election nears

Europe 03/27/19, 02:33

As Ukraine's presidential election draws near, its ultranationalist groups are becoming increasingly visible, posing a dilemma for the West.Thousands of far-right activists marched to incumbent President Petro Poroshenko's administration headquarters earlier this month, chanting about alleged corruption and throwing funeral-style bouquets and toy pigs to symbolize the embezzlement of state ...

5,000 nationalists protest corruption in Ukraine

Europe 03/23/19, 13:36

About 5,000 nationalist demonstrators have held a protest in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev calling for arrests in a defense industry corruption case.The Saturday protest was the latest in several weeks of demonstrations by supporters of the far-right focusing on corruption.A journalistic investigation in February reported that figures close to ...

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