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Ukraine / Russia Ad Hoc Media Update (152) – Addendum


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Very nice victory and concession statements by Zelenskiy and Poroshenko. Poroshenko is offering full support in transition (probably a first in Ukrainian politics), and will stay on as opposition leader. This whole election has followed a pattern much more like Western democracies than typical post-Soviet elections.

Zelenskiy has started his presidency by poking Muscovy in both eyes, stating that “We will be making a very powerful information war to cease fire in Donbas” – he is challenging the Russian propaganda machine head-on. Ultimately he will have to target Russia directly, and specifically undermine the Chekist regime’s already waning public support for the war against Ukraine. The regime is vulnerable to well targeted propaganda since its has alienated most of its minorities – and Poroshenko’s government last year stated an intention to become a voice for Russia’s minorities.

Muscovy may be in for an interesting time with Zelenskiy in the presidency, if he follows through on his IW pledge. His closing line in his statement will be read by Muscovy as a direct threat against the regime’s survival, and the survival of its proxies in other post-Soviet nations: “And finally, as I am still not a President, as a Ukrainian citizen I can tell all the post-Soviet countries: look at us. Everything is possible.” 

Observation for Muscovy – be very very careful what you wish for!


Thank you! We’ve done it together, – Volodymyr Zelensky

We’ve done it together! I just want to thank my parents for support and for what they have been through. Thanks to my wife for her power and patience. If she heard what they talked about me, she would not have married me. Thanks to the father of my wife, my children, my family. Thanks to our team, headquarters, everyone – experts, lawyers, volunteers, observers, call-center, thanks to everyone! Special thanks to Oksana and Lyuba who cleaned after those who I mentioned before. Thanks to Kvartal 95 studio. However, what I’ve seen, it can be Kvartal 73 now. Thanks to the law enforcers for fair service, Security Service for keeping me in a good form, thanks to all our servicemen and volunteers for protecting Ukraine. Thanks to all the journalists, thanks to all Ukrainians, who supported me, who made a different choice. Thank you all. Thanks to all Ukrainians where ever you are. I promise I will never let you down. And finally, as I am still not a President, as a Ukrainian citizen I can tell all the post-Soviet countries: look at us. Everything is possible.

Zelensky: Poroshenko calls and congratulates me on my victory

Volodymyr Zelensky, the winner of the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine according to the results of exit polls, said incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko had called him, congratulated him on his victory, and stated he was ready to provide comprehensive assistance. “I am very grateful to the President of Ukraine, Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko. He has just congratulated me on my victory. I am grateful to him, he said I can count on his assistance at any time. He recognized my victory and the victory of my team,” Zelensky said at a briefing on Sunday evening.

Poroshenko: I’m leaving the post of president but not politics – LB.ua news portal

President Petro Poroshenko, who lost the presidential election, addressed his allies in the campaign HQ with a speech which they met with a standing ovation. “Dear Ukraine, never give up – never, never, never, never, either in big or small, large or little, never give up, if it does not contradict honour and common sense. It is these words of great Briton Winston Churchill I was always guided by. Never give up – I heard in 2014 when I accepted a robbed and disarmed country from Yanukovych, which Putin’s horde was approaching, and when foreign leaders called me, they wanted not to congratulate me but to express sincere condolences. They put it straight: none of the countries in the world has faced such challenges as those facing Ukraine,” Poroshenko said. He recalled that there were far fewer people willing to become president than in the more prosperous 2019. “Never give up – I heard when I made the decision to run for president again. It was clear how fierce the struggle was expected to be against the background of the dirty information war my political opponents waged from the inside and from the outside – Russian fake news and a powerful propaganda hybrid machine war,” he said. “Never give up – I hear even now when I see these results of the exit polls. And they are obvious and give me a reason to call my opponent now and congratulate him. To do this for the first time in Ukrainian practice, but as is customary in civilised democratic countries,” the president said. “Next month I will leave the post of the head of state. Most Ukrainians have decided so, and I accept this decision. I will leave the office, but I want to emphasise that I am not leaving politics. I remain in politics and I will fight for Ukraine,” Poroshenko announced.

Poroshenko goes into opposition to Zelenskyy – LB.ua news portal

Poroshenko goes into opposition to Zelenskyy. “The new president will have a strong opposition, a very strong one.” Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today President Petro Poroshenko has announced going into opposition to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who won the presidential election in Ukraine, according to exit polls. “The new president will have a strong opposition, a very strong one. But the country, our best Ukraine in the world will only benefit from it,” the head of state said in a speech to supporters after the results of the exit polls were announced. Poroshenko added that this does not mean that he will impede the work for the benefit of Ukraine. “I want to emphasise so that no-one had any doubt I and my entire team are ready to give the president a hand in all his decisions that will meet the national interests of Ukraine and bring us closer to the European Union and NATO,” he said. Poroshenko added that he was ready to spend all his time between the announcement of election results and the inauguration of Zelenskyy to help his successor get up to date in the smallest details. Less than 30% of voters supported Poroshenko in the runoff while more than 70% voted for his opponent Zelenskyy.

Poroshenko admits defeat, ready to congratulate Zelensky on victory – news politics | UNIAN

Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was running for a new term, says that the results of the exit polls give him grounds to call and congratulate his opponent, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the victory in the presidential runoff. Poroshenko says the results of the exit polls are clear. Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was running for a new term, says that the results of the exit polls give him grounds to call and congratulate his opponent, Volodymyr Zelensky, on the victory in the presidential runoff. “‘Never give up’ – they tell me now when I see the results of the exit polls. And the results are clear and give me grounds to call my opponent and congratulate him on his victory,” Poroshenko said at the press center of his campaign headquarters, according to an UNIAN correspondent. According to him, it is necessary to do as civilized European democracies do. Poroshenko said that “it will be April 22 tomorrow” and urged everyone in his team to get united in order to “defend Ukraine.” As UNIAN reported, according to the TSN exit poll, 72.7% voted for Zelensky, 27.3% for Poroshenko. According to the results of the 2019 National Exit Poll as of 18.00 Kyiv time, some 73.2% of voters supported Zelensky, 25.3% voted for Poroshenko. Later, Zelensky said at a briefing at his campaign headquarters on April 21 that Poroshenko had called him to greet, according to the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda. “He has just congratulated me on the victory. I am very grateful that he congratulated me. He said that I could count on his help at any time. He recognized my victory and my team. It’s cool, we unite Ukraine,” Zelensky said.

Poroshenko: ‘I’m not quitting politics’

Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he will leave his post but will remain in politics. He said this at a press conference on Sunday after the announcement of the results of the National Exit Poll, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “I will greet my opponent. I will do it as is usually done in civilized democratic countries. From April 22, we need to unite and defend Ukraine, we need joint efforts. I will leave the post of head of state next month. The majority of Ukrainians have made such a decision, and I’m accepting this decision. I will leave the office but I want to firmly emphasize that I’m not quitting politics. I will remain in politics. I will continue to fight for Ukraine,” Poroshenko said. He noted that his team should protect the achievements that have been received over the past five years. “We must defend European and Euro-Atlantic strategies: those principles, goals, frontiers which we have achieved over the past five years and which, unfortunately, are now under threat. Our team will defend the course for membership in the EU and NATO, because only in this strongest and most powerful security organization we can guarantee the security of Ukraine and the security of every Ukrainian citizen from Russia as an aggressor country,” Poroshenko said. He also added that his team would defend the visa-free regime with the EU. “Some members of the Constitutional Court have reoriented themselves to a new government and plan to declare unconstitutional the electronic income declaration, which is a prerequisite for the visa-free regime,” Poroshenko added. According to the National Exit Poll, Zelensky wins 73.2% of the vote in the second round of presidential elections, whereas Poroshenko receives 25.3%.

Petro Poroshenko comments on exit polls results showing Zelensky winning

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the results of exit polls give him a reason to call Volodymyr Zelensky and congratulate him, as Poroshenko said delivering a speech in his headquarters, 112 Ukraine broadcasted it. Petro Poroshenko also stated that he will leave the post of the head of the state but he will not leave the politics. Ukrainian leader emphasized that everything will be good in Ukraine. “I am the optimist and I emphasize that everything will be good and Ukraine will be successful, great, European state. And it is the task of the authority and opposition and we will not withdraw from the responsibility”, Poroshenko said. He hopes to have time to sign the law on language, if parliament adopts it within the next week. “If next week the Parliament adopts a law on language, I will be happy and proud that I will have the opportunity to sign it as president of Ukraine. And I will definitely sign it,” Poroshenko promised. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Zelensky would have a strong opposition, and the country will benefit from that. “The new President will have a strong opposition, and the country will benefit from that. I personally and my team are ready to be the shoulder to the new President in all his decisions which will meet Ukraine’s national interests and will bring us closer to the EU and NATO,” Poroshenko noted. “Between the official announcement of the elections results and inauguration I am ready to spend my time for explaining everything to the new President. I am ready to pass him the whole net of the international support which we have been building for years. Here is a real net, and not where our opponents accused us,” he stated. “I love Ukraine. I do. I love my dear Ukrainian people. I was guided by this feeling for years of my difficult presidency. People were telling a lot of terrible dirt about me over these years. If I could believe it, I would not vote for myself,” he said. He stated that “history will set things right”.

Zelensky: We will act in Normandy format, reload Minsk process

Volodymyr Zelensky who won the presidential election according to the results of exit polls has said that the talks in Normandy format will continue, as the work in the Minsk format must continue, although the latter requires reloading and updating of the team. “We will act in any case in the Normandy format. We will continue the Minsk process. We will reload it. I think we will have staff reshuffling,” Zelensky said at a briefing in Kyiv on Sunday evening, stressing that the primary task now is a ceasefire in Donbas.

Zelensky: task number one is to return all prisoners of wars, I will make everything to return our guys home

Volodymyr Zelensky, the winner of the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine according to the results of exit polls, has stated that task number one for his team was the release of Ukrainian sailors and prisoners of war. “Task number one for us now, I think, is to return all our prisoners, all prisoners of war, our sailors. I communicated with their parents, you know, one cannot calmly react to this. I will do everything to return [them] – I cannot promise, but I will do [everything] to return our guys home. This is the priority task,” he said at a briefing at his headquarters on Sunday.

Zelensky announces ‘powerful information war’ to cease fire in Donbas

Volodymyr Zelensky, the winner of the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine according to the results of exit polls, has announced the start of an information campaign, the aim of which is to cease fighting in Donbas. “We will be making a very powerful information war to cease fire in Donbas,” Zelensky said at a briefing in Kyiv on Sunday evening. At the same time, he urged the journalists present at the press conference to take part in this. “We will need your help, and this will be soon,” he said. “We will tell you our plan of action,” he added.

ZELENSKY ANNOUNCES ‘POWERFUL INFORMATION WAR’ TO CEASE FIRE IN DONBAS

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Zelensky: I must and will defend Ukrainian language

Volodymyr Zelensky who won the presidential election according to the results of exit polls has promised to defend the Ukrainian language and backs the language bill. “I must, as a guarantor, defend the Ukrainian language, and I will do it,” Zelensky said at a briefing in Kyiv on Sunday evening. “We back the bill on the Ukrainian language. However, now this bill is in the Verkhovna Rada. I think there are some questions there,” he also said.

Zelensky: Lutsenko from old team, we will appoint new people

Volodymyr Zelensky who won the presidential election according to the results of exit polls has said that he plans to conducti staff reshuffling, including to replace Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko. “Lutsenko is an old team. We will appoint new people, and this applies not only to Mr. Lutsenko,” Zelensky said at a briefing at his headquarters on Sunday. He also said that a separate press conference will be held on staff issues. “Do you know that the head of the National Bank is appointed for seven years? We have presented all the experts of our team, the Servant of the People Party, experts who were involved in the electoral process. In the near future … we will present the team,” he said. Zelensky also said that he wants to reduce the Presidential Administration and does not want to stay in Bankova Street.

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky ‘wins presidency by landslide’ – BBC News

Exit polls suggest TV comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory.

Exit Polls: Standup Comic Wins Ukraine Runoff Presidential Election

Volodymyr Zelenskiy was heavily favored to defeat incumbent President Petro Poroshenko

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidential race by landslide: exit poll – Reuters

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the second round of a presidential election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko by a landslide, a national exit poll showed on Sunday.

Exit polls: Zelenskyy wins Ukrainian presidential election – LB.ua news portal

Comedian and showman Volodymyr Zelenskyy has won the presidential election in Ukraine, exit polls suggest. According to preliminary results published by sociologists immediately after the polls closed, more than 70% of voters voted for him in the runoff against President Petro Poroshenko on 21 April. According to the National Exit Poll, Zelenskyy was supported by 73.2% of voters, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko by 25.3%. Zelenskyy won in all regions. In western Ukraine, he was supported by 57% (Poroshenko – 41.3%), in the centre by 70.3% (Poroshenko – 28%), in the south by 85.4% (Poroshenko – 13.4%), and in the east by 87.7% (Poroshenko – 11.2%). The national exit poll was carried out jointly by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and the Razumkov Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies. About 13,000 people were interviewed at 300 polling stations. The margin of error does not exceed 1.3%. According to the exit poll ordered by TSN, 72.7% of voters voted for Zelenskyy and 27.3% for Poroshenko. This exit poll was conducted by Kantar TNS and Info Sapiens at 600 polling stations throughout Ukraine. About 20,000 were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 0.7%. According to an exit poll conducted by New Image Marketing Group and commissioned by the Global Management Association, 73.7% of voters supported Zelenskyy while 26.3% voted for Poroshenko. The survey was conducted among 16,000 voters at 500 polling stations. The margin of error is 1.7%. Zelenskyy announced his intention to run for president on the night of 1 January 2019. In the first round of the election on 31 March, 30.24% of voters (5,714,034) voted for Zelenskyy.

Zelensky leads with 72.7%, followed by Poroshenko with 27.3% – TSN exit poll – news politics | UNIAN

Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky leads with 72.7% in the presidential runoff in Ukraine, being followed by his rival, Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent president, with 27.3%, according to results of the TSN exit poll. The TSN exit poll was conducted by the research companies Kantar TNS and Info Sapiens.

Zelensky gets 73.2% of vote, Poroshenko 25.3% in presidential run-off – National Exit Poll

Showman Volodymyr Zelensky gets 73.2% of the vote in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election, whereas incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko receives 25.3%, according to the National Exit Poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation as of 18:00. — Ukrinform.

National Exit Poll: 73.2% of voters support Zelensky, Poroshenko gets 25.3% of the vote – news politics | UNIAN

Some 73.2% of voters supported presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, while 25.3% voted for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, according to results of the National Exit Poll 2019 project as of 18:00 Kyiv time, an UNIAN correspondent reported. An update on findings of the National Exit Poll as of 20:00 Kyiv time will be issued at 22:00 Kyiv time.

Zelensky wins 73.7% of vote, Poroshenko gets 26.3% – exit poll ordered by 112 Ukraine

Showman Volodymyr Zelensky wins 73.7% of the vote in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election, while incumbent Petro Poroshenko gets 26.3%, according to an exit poll ordered by the 112 Ukraine television channel. — Ukrinform.

Incumbent or Comedian? Ukrainians Choose a President

Polls have opened in Ukraine’s presidential runoff Sunday

Poroshenko’s failure is answer to his policy of anti-Russian hysteria, – Medvedchuk

The complete failure of the current head of state at the presidential election is the answer of the Ukrainians to his policy of anti-Russian hysteria. That is how Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party, commented on the voting results in the second round of the presidential election. “Poroshenko’s complete failure in the elections is the answer of Ukrainian citizens to his policy of anti-Russian hysteria and Russophobia elevated to the rank of state policy,” Medvedchuk wrote on Twitter.

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