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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ukrainian presidential ballot to have 39 names

Europe 03/08/19, 04:50

The ballot for Ukraine's presidential election will include 39 candidates, a marginally slimmer field after five contenders dropped out in recent days.The final candidates' list for the March 31 vote was announced Friday by the central elections commission.Opinion polls suggest that no candidate is likely to get anywhere close to ...

Ukraine: Tymoshenko promises prison for military embezzlers

Europe 03/07/19, 10:31

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has promised life imprisonment for anyone found guilty in alleged military corruption that reportedly includes incumbent Petro Poroshenko.A media investigation last week detailed alleged embezzlement schemes in the nation's military industries, including at a factory controlled by Poroshenko."Those who earned even one black kopeck by ...

Ukraine candidate urges talks to end conflict in east

Europe 03/01/19, 10:51

A comedian leading Ukraine's presidential race says the country needs to negotiate with Russia to put an end to fighting in the east.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged ahead of incumbent Petro Poroshenko and ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, according to opinion polls ...

Ukraine candidate urges public to propose future Cabinet

Europe 02/25/19, 11:54

A comedian who is leading Ukraine's presidential election race on Monday urged his supporters to propose candidates for top government jobs.Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, called on his backers to suggest candidates for prime minister, foreign and defense ministers and other top officials. ...

Ukraine: Comedian surges ahead in presidential election poll

Europe 02/14/19, 07:16

The latest opinion poll in Ukraine shows a popular comedian holding a strong lead in campaigning for the presidential election.The survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and released Thursday shows 41-year-old comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV show, with nearly 27 ...

Ukrainian president vows to push for EU, NATO membership

Europe 02/09/19, 09:10

Ukraine's president says the nation needs to join the European Union and NATO to protect itself from Russia's expansionist actions.President Petro Poroshenko, who is seeking a second five-year term in the March 31 vote, accused Russia on Saturday of planning to meddle in the election. He described the election as ...

Ukraine has 44 presidential candidates in all-time record

Europe 02/08/19, 11:27

Ukraine's election officials say they have registered 44 presidential contenders — an all-time record for the nation.The latest polls show that comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's president in a popular TV series, has surged ahead of both incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and the ex-prime minister in the run-up ...

Interview: Ukraine ex-PM accuses president of corruption

Europe 02/04/19, 12:20

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is running for president in next month's election, has accused the incumbent of corruption.Tymoshenko told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that President Petro Poroshenko has used his position to enrich himself. She also alleged that Poroshenko's associates have engaged in a ...

Head of Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church assumes office

Europe 02/03/19, 09:26

The newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has officially assumed office in the capital of Kiev, a month after the church severed its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.Metropolitan Epiphanius I, 40, was enthroned during a lavish service at St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev on ...

Comedian takes lead in Ukraine presidential race, polls show

Europe 01/31/19, 13:04

A comedian has taken the lead in Ukraine's presidential race, according to the latest polls.A poll by the Razumkov Center shows comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who played the president in a popular TV series, surging ahead of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.The poll of 6,000 released ...

Ukraine’s incumbent president announces re-election bid

Europe 01/29/19, 08:11

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will run for re-election in March's presidential vote.Poroshenko declared Tuesday that he will seek another five-year term in office on March 31. Long before the formal announcement, the president has sought to bolster his sagging public support by spearheading efforts to secure the independence ...

Ukraine’s ex-PM announces presidential bid

Europe 01/22/19, 08:35

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, one of Ukraine's most popular and resilient politicians, has announced her presidential bid.Opinion polls have consistently placed the 58-year-old, who was the country's prime minister between 2007 and 2010, as a front-runner in the presidential election set for March 31, ahead of incumbent Petro Poroshenko.Tymoshenko ...

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