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KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy is fashioning a cudgel of authority from the wisps of legitimacy

May 22, 2019

After only minutes on the job and with no formal party structure behind him, nor any representation in either the parliament or state organs, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's first act was to dismiss the Verkhovna Rada.

KYIV BLOG: Zelenskiy’s zinger roasts Putin’s offer of passports for all Ukrainians

April 29, 2019

It's what you would expect from a professional stand-up comedian: Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to grant Russian passports to any Ukrainians that want one with cutting satire.

KYIV BLOG: How can Zelenskiy bring peace to the Donbas?

April 24, 2019

Ukraine’s president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy was swept to power on the basis of two promises: to bring peace to the Donbas region in the east of the country and end corruption. Peace is the tough one.

KYIV BLOG: President Zelenskiy is the wind of change

April 23, 2019

“To all post-Soviet countries: look at us. Anything is possible!” outsider and comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy told cheering crowds after he won a crushing victory over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the April 21 presidential election run off.

KYIV BLOG: Comic Zelenskiy leads record number of candidates for the Ukrainian presidency

February 11, 2019

Ukrainians mistrust all the establishment candidates allowing outsider and comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy to take the lead in the most recent polls for the presidential election.