Latest Ukraine News

Will Ukrainian comedian be any match for Vladimir Putin?

Apr. 22, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Volodymyr Zelenskiy's landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election has thrust a comedian and political novice into the middle of the most dangerous flashpoint between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War. Whether Zelenskiy is any match at all for Vladimir Putin, a...

The Latest: Ukraine's routed leader vows to reclaim office

Apr. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy's projected landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The outgoing president of Ukraine is telling supporters he plans to try to win the job back in a future election. President Petro Poroshenko was...

New Ukrainian leader's campaign took page from sitcom script

Apr. 22, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The president-elect of Ukraine does not have a political record that foreign governments and companies can search for clues. For now, a 51-episode TV sitcom might offer the clearest view of what kind of leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy will be. Zelenskiy, a career comedian, foretold his future when...

The Latest: Ukraine comedian romping to presidential win

Apr. 22, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 3:55 a.m. With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential...

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 52% of...

An exit poll from Ukraine's presidential election shows comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy winning with 73% of the vote

Apr. 21, 2019 1:05 PM EDT
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — An exit poll from Ukraine's presidential election shows comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy winning with 73% of the vote.

Ukraine quiet ahead of presidential election

Apr. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a so-called "day of quiet," on which electioneering is...

Rivals in Ukraine's presidential runoff debate at stadium

Apr. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who is the front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race and the incumbent fighting to retain his job traded accusations in a debate at a sports stadium Friday, just two days before the election. President Petro Poroshenko, who is trailing in opinion polls ahead of Sunday's...

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

Apr. 19, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko has held the office for nearly five years — while Zelenskiy has...

In Ukrainian candidate's hometown, a cry for change

Apr. 19, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

KRYVYI RIH, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of this grim industrial city in eastern Ukraine say they are exhausted by a daily battle for survival amid low wages and soaring bills. Many of them believe a native son — a comedian with no political experience — is just the person to lift them out of...