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11 a.m.

Ukrainian television star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been sworn in as president and immediately disbanded Parliament.

FILE - In this Friday, April 19, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during their final electoral campaign debate at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
Ukrainian presidential candidate and popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during their final electoral campaign debate at the Olympic stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 19, 2019. Zelenskiy comes to the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sitcom. (Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo, File)

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 announcement, Zelenskiy asked Parliament to adopt a bill against illegal enrichment and support his motion to fire the country’s defense minister, the head of the Security Service, and the prosecutor general. All of them are allies of former President Petro Poroshenko, who lost the presidential election in a landslide to the comedian who had no previous political experience.

In a feisty speech after his inauguration, Zelenskiy told the Rada that his main goal for the presidency is to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, where government troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy smiles after the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE–Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy after the second round of presidential elections in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 21, 2019. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday, comes to the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sitcom. (Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo, File)

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10:30 a.m.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday disbanded Parliament after he was sworn in as the new president.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy greets his supporters at his headquarters after the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
FILE–Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy greets his supporters at his headquarters after the second round of presidential elections in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 21, 2019. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, took the presidential oath on May 20, 2019. (Sergei Grits/AP Photo, File)

Before he made the announcement, Zelenskiy asked Parliament to adopt a bill against illegal enrichment and support his motion to fire the country’s defense minister, the head of the Security Service and the prosecutor general. All of them are allies of Petro Poroshenko who lost the election to the comedian with no previous political experience.

In a feisty speech after his inauguration, Zelenskiy told the Rada that his main goal for the presidency is to bring peace to eastern Ukraine where government troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy leaves a booth at a polling station during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy leaves a booth at a polling station during the second round of presidential elections in Kyiv, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who took the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

“I’m ready to do everything so that our heroes don’t die there,” he said. “I’m ready to lose my popularly and, if necessary, I’m ready to lose my post so that we have peace,” Zelenskiy said.

He canceled the traditional motorcade and walked to Parliament through a park packed with people. Flanked by four bodyguards, he was giving high-fives to some of the spectators and even stopped to take a selfie with one of them.

Forty-one-year-old Zelenskiy garnered 73 percent of the vote at the presidential election last month in a victory that reflected Ukrainians’ exhaustion with politics-as-usual.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy gestures at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
FILE – In this Sunday, April 21, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy gestures at a polling station, during the second round of presidential elections in Kiev, Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

Rumors about Zelenskiy’s potential bid first surfaced when he played the Ukrainian president in a television show several years earlier.

Zelenskiy wrapped up his speech at parliament by referring to his career as a comedian.

“Throughout all of my life I tried to do everything to make Ukrainians laugh,” he said with a smile. “In the next five years I will do everything so that Ukrainians don’t cry.”

FILE - In this Saturday, April 20, 2019 file photo, a Ukrainian serviceman guards a position near the frontline as the conflict continues, in Mariinka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, April 20, 2019 file photo, a Ukrainian serviceman guards a position near the frontline as the conflict continues, in Mariinka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)

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Vasilyeva reported from Moscow.

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian sailors sit in a cage in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com.. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE – In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019 file photo, Ukrainian sailors sit in a cage in a courtroom in Moscow, Russia. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com.. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
FILE - In this Monday, April 1, 2019 file photo, the Stepova coal mine just before dawn in Pershotravensk, Dnipropetrovsk region, eastern Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)
FILE – In this Monday, April 1, 2019 file photo, the Stepova coal mine just before dawn in Pershotravensk, Dnipropetrovsk region, eastern Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who takes the presidential oath on Monday May 20, 2019, comes into the post having never held political office; his popularity is rooted in playing the role of president on a television sit-com. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)