• Ukraine's president schedules snap election for 21 July

      Ukraine's president schedules snap election for 21 July

      Ukraine's President Zelenskiy disbanded the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday and scheduled snap parliamentary elections for 21 July, news wires reported. The 41-year-old TV comedian, who won 73% of the presidential vote last month, promised the early vote in his inauguration speech on Monday, saying that current lawmakers were too focused on self-enrichment and lacked public trust.

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    • North Korea's Kim arrives in Russia before summit with Putin

      North Korea's Kim arrives in Russia before summit with Putin

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning for his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok. Photos, published by North Korean media showed the leader saluting an honor guard and waving to people carrying flowers at a rail station before boarding his khaki-green armored train for the lengthy journey. Russian news agency TASS also confirmed Kim's arrival at the Hasan train station after crossing the border.

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    • Comedian wins presidency in Ukraine

      Comedian wins presidency in Ukraine

      Ukraine entered uncharted political waters on Monday after near final results showed a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election by a landslide. The emphatic victory of Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, is a bitter blow for incumbent Petro Poroshenko who tried to rally Ukrainians around the flag by casting himself as a bulwark against Russian aggression and a champion of Ukrainian identity.

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    • Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

      Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

      The two men vying to be Ukraine’s next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war. The debate, held in a hulking football stadium, was one of the last opportunities for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko to try to overhaul a significant lead in the opinion polls enjoyed by his challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comic.

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    • TV gigs comedian leads Ukraine's presidential race

      TV gigs comedian leads Ukraine's presidential race

      A comic actor with no political experience raced ahead in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election on 31 March, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Russia. The 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, held a comfortable lead over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a vote deemed largely free and fair by the national electoral commission.

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    • Ukrainians set to elect a comedian for next president

      Ukrainians set to elect a comedian for next president

      Today Ukrainian voters are set to cast their ballots for president. Despite non-stop Russian propaganda and fake news, a disaffected electorate, dirty tricks and slander among the candidates and a dueling oligarch-controlled media, Ukraine is poised to pull off a miracle that few will appreciate. That wonder is a democratic election whose outcome is not known in a country buffeted by a foreign-led war in its east, blockades of its seaports and the annexation of territory by a hostile power.

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