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DPRK to form closer relations with Russia. Speculation Russia will export Su-57E PAK-FA to PLA. Claims two more Borei SSBNs to be built as SSGNs. Two mothballed Kirov CGNs to be scrapped instead of upgraded. More on the scrapping of DELTAs and a VICTOR. FP on Russian pipelines disrupting Europe. Russia’s POL spat with Belarus escalates. Poland to ditch remaining Soviet combat aircraft.
Black Sea update, Ukraine plans for new Coast Guard service. Donbas update. Sapsan TBM update, ATGW exports to Saudi Arabia.
Hopko comments on advocacy for Russia minority peoples – a Poroshenko initiative that is likely to continue under a Zelenskiy administration.
Post-election reports are numerous. Twenty-nine reports alone on international leaders congratulating Zelenskiy or Ze as he is called by his followers – POTUS appears to have been the first to call – there is clearly immense goodwill globally.
Fifty-eight reports and tweets on the election. Notable is backtracking on a quick end to the war with Russia, a very toxic reply to Yanukovich’s congratulations message, backtracking on early parliamentary elections, qualification of future engagement with Poroshenko (Ze has no choice if he wants any bills passed in the next six months), admission that a delegation was sent quietly to DC last week to arrange meetings, retention of the controversial language policy, and numerous other interesting tidbits. This administration is likely to be as nationalistic as Poroshenko’s as it intends to align policies with public opinion, that is mostly intensively pro-NATO, pro-EU, pro-Ukrainian, pro-democracy, and very anti-Russian.
Twelve analyses of the outcome and coming challenges – in summary, Ze has to contend with all of the intractable problems Poroshenko was unable to solve, under pressure as he overpromised during the election campaign, and with lesser levers to persuade the fractious parliament to pass bills. Several predict a very short honeymoon as Ze will have to tell the public that the problems are indeed wicked and will take more time and effort to solve than promised.
Seven articles in the Israeli media – there is immense excitement over Ukraine being led by a Jewish PM and a Jewish president. We can reasonably expect a deep shift in Israeli attitudes to Ukraine as the reality sinks in that Ukraine is not what Russia propaganda presents it to be (many in the diaspora from Russia are prone to watching Russian TV).
Eight articles on the response by Muscovy – the Kremlin may have actually understood this is not what they imagined it to be after all.
Finally, reports that a court has issued an injunction on the renaming of the ROC in Ukraine (lawfare), and a fascinating report on how Russia has melded church history into its propaganda narrative on Syria (very creative).
North Korea’s state economic development strategy for 2016-2020 implies strengthening ties with Russia, reports TASS with reference to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi, which gained access to this document. According to the newspaper, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) wants to increase its trade with Russia to one billion dollars. North Korea will abandon its one-sided orientation toward China and will expand trade with Southeast Asia and Middle East countries. The reason for this policy may be serious economic difficulties that the country face due to the strengthened international sanctions. The program states that the DPRK has a shortage of food products, and its energy and coal industries are poorly developed. In this regard, North Korea needs global economic reforms and new technological equipment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to quickly approve the foreign sale of the Sukhoi Su-57E, the export version of Russia’s most modern 5th generation combat aircraft despite past friction over Chinese reverse engineering.
The Russian Ministry of Defense plans to build two nuclear submarines, which will carry cruise missiles. New submarines are scheduled to be delivered after 2027. “The military department is considering creating two more Boreis (Borei-class submarines), equipped with long-range cruise missiles instead of ballistic ones,” writes TASS, citing a source in the Russian defense industry. Agency’s informer did not specify the submarine’s characteristics. At the moment, the final decision regarding submarines construction has not been made. If the Ministry of Defense agrees to create two new submarines, they will be commissioned no earlier than 2027. Currently, there are three Borei project submarines in service in Russia. They are each capable of carrying 16 Bulava ballistic missiles.
Posted by: Editorial April 22, 2019 Naval Forces, Neighbors 0 Comments In Russia, they have decided on the fate of six nuclear cruisers and submarines – they will be disposed of, instead of previously scheduled modernization. This is reported by Izvestia The budget will be allocated 2.7 billion rubles to eliminate these ships. The following is planned for utilization: • The Admiral Ushakov atomic missile cruiser 1144 Orlan • Admiral Lazarev atomic missile cruiser 1144 Orlan • an atomic submarine of the project 667BDR “Kalmar” – K-221 “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” • atomic submarine of the project 667 BDB “Kalmar” – K-433 “St. George the Victorious” • nuclear submarine of the project 667BDR “Kalmar” – K-232 “Podolsk” • Submarine of the project “Shchuka” B-414 “Daniel Moskovsky” Nuclear missile cruiser “Admiral Lazarev” on canning The 1144 rocket cruisers are currently the only surface ships in the Russian navy with a nuclear power plant. “Admiral Ushakov” was removed from the fleet in 2002, “Admiral Lazarev” – in the 90’s and still been in mothballs. In the structure of the Navy of the Russian Federation there is one active ship of this project – “Peter the Great”.
The Russian Navy with state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom decided canceling planned service-life extensions and modernization on its two legendary nuclear-powered Kirov-class battlecruisers or heavy missile cruisers, according to Izvestiya newspaper. According to media reports in recent weeks, the Russian Navy has decided to recycled two heavy nuclear battlecruisers of Kirov-class – the Admiral Ushakov and the Admiral Lazarev owing to funding shortfalls. In 2021, it is planned to scrap of the heavy missile cruisers Admiral Ushakov (factory number 800) of the project 1144 and Admiral Lazarev (factory number 801) of the project 11442 for a long time already withdrawn from the Russian Navy. It is planned to allocate 400 million rubles ($6,27 million) for the recycled of the first, the second – 350 million rubles ($5,49 million). The Kirov-class battlecruiser, also know as Orlan-class cruisers, is a class of nuclear-powered warship of the Russian Navy, the largest and heaviest surface combatant warships (i.e. not an aircraft carrier or amphibious assault ship) in operation in the world. The Kirov-class battlecruisers were designed to neutralize American carrier battle groups during warfare. A secondary mission of the Kirov class was as commerce raider, designed to cut the flow of American and Canadian ground reinforcements to the battleground in Europe. Total built four ships: Admiral Ushakov, Admiral Lazarev, Admiral Nakhimov and Pyotr Velikiy. Pyotr Veliky currently serves as the flagship of the Russian Northern Fleet. The same-class Admiral Nakhimov cruiser is currently undergoing an upgrade and is due to reach navy ranks in 2021. In 2014 Russian Navy planned to modernize and returned to service of all four ships.
The Kirov-class battlecruiser is a class of nuclear-powered warship of the Russian Navy, the largest and heaviest surface combatant warships (i.e. not an aircraft carrier or amphibious assault ship) in operation in the world. Among modern warships, they are second in size only to large aircraft carriers, and of similar size to a World War 2 era battleship. The official designation of the ship-type is “heavy nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser” (Russian: тяжёлый атомный ракетный крейсер). The ships are often referred to as battlecruisers by western defense commentators due to their size and general appearance. Originally built for the Soviet Navy, the class is named for the first of a series of four ships to be constructed, Kirov, which was renamed Admiral Ushakov in 1992. Original plans called for the construction of five ships, however the last was cancelled. In Russia this class of ship is usually referred to by the designation Project 1144 Orlan (sea eagle). Only Pyotr Velikiy is currently operational. Admiral Nakhimov is projected to re-enter service with the Russian Navy in 2021. Russia planned to reactivate the remaining two vessels by 2020, but recent reporting suggests that the reactors in Admiral Ushakov and Admiral Lazarev are in a poor condition, and these ships cannot be safely reactivated.
The Delta class (Project 667B Murena, Project 667BD Murena-M, Project 667BDR Kalmar, Project 667BDRM Delfin) is a common name for a set of four types of submarines which formed the backbone of the Soviet and Russian strategic submarine fleet since their introduction in 1973. They carry nuclear ballistic missiles of the R-29 Vysota family, with the Delta I, Delta II, Delta III and Delta IV classes carrying the R-29 (NATO reporting name: SS-N-8 ‘Sawfly’), R-29D (SS-N-8 ‘Sawfly’), R-29R (SS-N-18 ‘Stingray’) and R-29RM (SS-N-23 ‘Skiff’) respectively. The Delta I class carried 12 missiles, while the Delta II class which are lengthened versions of the Delta I class carry 16 missiles. The Delta III and Delta IV classes carry 16 missiles with multiple warheads and have improved electronics and noise reduction.
B-414 Daniil Moskovsky is a Project 671RTM Schuka (NATO: Victor III) attack submarine of the Russian Northern Fleet. The submarine was laid down in 1989, launched and commissioned in 1990. It was known as K-414 before renaming in 1992. In 1994 B-414 took part in joint combat service with SSBN K-18 of Delta IV class. In 1996 the submarine was named after Prince Daniil Moskovsky, the youngest son of Alexander Nevsky.
New pipeline projects throughout the Middle East could boost Russian influence there while also ensuring the country’s role as the prime supplier of energy to Europe.
Belarus will temporarily limit deliveries of petroleum products for export due to the quality of Russian oil, said Deputy Chairman of the Belneftekhim concern Vladimir Sizov after an operational meeting of personnel monitoring the supply of oil, BelTA reported. It was explained that the need to limit exports comes from “the active risk of processing raw materials with degraded quality” and carrying out the planting season in Belarus. Sizov noted that deliveries will resume after the “the situation is rectified.” On April 19, Belneftekhim announced that the quality of oil coming from Russia sharply deteriorated. In the Urals export mixture, the concentration of organochlorine compounds was “dozens of times” higher than the maximum allowable value. Refining oil of such quality could risk violating Belarusian oil refinery technological regimes. The Russian company Transneft confirmed that the quality of the oil was not up to standard. The company promised that the problem will be fixed by the beginning of next week. Moscow and Minsk are currently disputing whether or not there should be an increase in tariffs on the transit of Russian oil through the territory of Belarus. Due to the deteriorating environmental situation and the need to carry out repairs, Minsk wants to raise the tariff by 23 percent. Moscow claims Belarus has no grounds to do so. On April 18, Russia decided to introduce new sanctions against Ukraine. The main measure was an almost complete ban on the export of Russian oil, oil products and coal. Experts said that Kiev can offset losses by relying on deliveries from Belarus.
President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, stated that Poland wants to abandon the post-Soviet era military aircraft and buy the latest, fifth-generation military equipment, in particular, American F-35 aircraft, reports Ukrinform. “We would like Polish aviation to completely abandon the post-Soviet aircraft, and to be able to fly the best aircraft in the world,” said Duda. He expressed hope that Poland would be able to buy American F-35 aircraft. “This is a very ambitious and expensive program. We will try to negotiate the best possible conditions,” stressed the Polish President. Duda reminded that even now, the costs for Poland’s army amount to 2% of the GDP level and in 2030 they should increase to 2.5%. At the same time, he expressed hope that in case of normal economic development, this level could be reached as early as 2024. During last year, there were several MiG-29 type aircraft accidents.
Lawyers have asked the Moscow City Court to release the 24 Ukrainians who were arrested after the incident in the Kerch Strait area in fall 2018. “In their appeals, the lawyers said the Russian court had failed to give a proper evaluation to the PACE resolution according to which the sailors should be subject to the norms of international law, including the Geneva conventions, and also the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to which the sailors have POW status until a relevant tribunal makes a different decision,” Nikolai Polozov, a lawyer and coordinator of the sailors’ defense team, wrote on a social network. Polozov additionally said that the defense lawyers had appealed the court’s refusal to send the cases of the sailors, who consider themselves POWs, to a military court. The Moscow Lefortovsky District Court on April 17 prolonged the arrest of all detained sailors until July 24 and July 26. The court hearings were held behind closed doors at the request of the prosecutors “to keep the legally protected secrecy of preliminary investigation.” On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards used weapons to stop three Ukrainian naval vessels, the Yany Kapu tug and the Berdyansk and the Nikopol armored gunboats, which were traveling from Odesa to Mariupol in the Kerch Strait. The vessels were escorted to Kerch. The 24 Ukrainians who were aboard, including two officials from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), were charged with “conspiracy by a group of persons or an organized group to illegally cross the border using violence or the threat to use violence.”
Ukrainian warships can pass through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov without any problems, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview to the TV network “Zvezda”, reported RIA Novosti. “As we have said many times, the fact is that Ukrainian warships can pass from the Black Sea to its ports in the Sea of Azov without any problems. The only condition is that the safety standards for traversing the Kerch Strait must be observed,” he said. On 25 November last year, Russia attacked and captured the Ukrainian military boats Berdyansk and Nikopol and the tugboat Yany Kapu in neutral waters. All 24 Ukrainians on board were accused of violating the Russian state border, arrested, and transferred from Kerch to Moscow. Ukraine considered this an act of military aggression, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recognized the captured sailors as prisoners of war.
Self-sufficient maritime guard planned to be created in Ukraine in three years. Photos Self-sufficient maritime guard planned to be created in Ukraine in three years. Photos 22.04.2019 15:20 In the next three years, it is planned to create a self-sufficient maritime guard in Ukraine capable of protecting maritime borders effectively and counteracting transnational challenges adequately. “The State Border Guard Service continues to be reformed systematically amid the Russian aggression, and the path towards the Euro-Atlantic integration is stipulated in our strategic documents. Thanks to the support of the Export Control and Border Security Program of the US Embassy in Ukraine, we are building up the capabilities of a separate Regional Department of Maritime Security actively. Thus, in the next three years, we plan to create a self-sufficient maritime guard capable of protecting maritime borders effectively and counteracting transnational challenges adequately,” Chairman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Petro Tsyhykal said during an interdepartmental round table meeting on maritime security legislation, the press service of the State Border Guard Service reports. In turn, Deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine Vadym Troyan stressed that ensuring the inviolability of the state border in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov is a strategic task for the Interior Ministry of Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine is the sea power, which has the longest sea coast among the states of the Azov-Black Sea basin – 2759.2 km, and more than 72,000 square kilometres of the exclusive maritime economic zone. That is why, the units of the Interior Ministry intensify their activities in this area now and a unified security system is being created, consisting of border guards, National Guard and police officers. “It will be strengthened by the aviation security and civil defense units of the Interior Ministry. It will be a completely new mechanism of monitoring and prompt response, mobile groups, information sharing. This will significantly strengthen our presence in the Black Sea. We will not pamper the aggressive wishes of the occupying power,” Troyan said. As noted, the meeting participants plan not only to elaborate specific proposals for improving the maritime legislation of Ukraine but also to discuss the modernization of boats and ships of the maritime guard of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the improvement of the communications system and training of special units at sea. Apart from the officials of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and the Interior Ministry of Ukraine, the representatives of the US Coast Guard, leading experts in maritime law of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the representatives of the law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments of Ukraine take part in the meeting.
The large landing ship of the Russian Navy Caesar Kunikov was towed to its base in the annexed Crimea after it experienced problems with the steering control system. “On April 18, 2019, when returning to its base after the naval exercises, the large landing ship Caesar Kunikov of the Black Sea Fleet experienced a technical malfunction with the steering device,” said in a statement the Information Department of the Black Sea Fleet, as quoted by TASS. According to TASS, Caesar Kunikov took part in the exercises of the rescue squad of the Russian Black. The technical problem was found as the ship was passing Cape Chersonese. Caesar Kunikov previously repeatedly made long trips to the Syrian port of Tartus to deliver cargoes to the Russian military contingent in Syria.
Russia’s hybrid military forces have mounted nine attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas since the beginning of the day. Moreover, another Ukrainian soldier was injured in the attack.
22.04.19 07:12 – Two attacks by Russian proxies yesterday, Ukrainian soldier wounded, terrorist destoyed April 21, the Russian occupying forces attacked JFO positions using Minsk-proscribed weapons twice. View news.
The Foreign Ministry of Russia accused Ukrainian Armed Forces of attacking Russian camera crew
Officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anatoliy “Shtirlitz” Shtefan has said new supervisors from Russia had been deployed in Donbas to control operations of the so-called “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.” For the most part, occupation forces resorted to barracking their troops at least until May 14.
Posted by Редакція April 22, 2019 Situation in the Donbass 0 Comments In Donbass, in the area of the operation of the United Allied Forces of one of the Brigades, the Airborne Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine practically worked out the actions during landing landing with arms from the helicopter Mi-8 with the help of a set of on-board equipment “Adapter-M1”. This is reported by the press center of the JFO The use of this equipment during landing is most effective on terrain, the relief of which does not allow helicopter landing, during emergencies, or landing in a limited area, such as roofs of buildings, partially mined area. This complex is a rope with appropriate anchorages, with which paratroopers can descend from a helicopter that is hovering in the air. Also, with this rope, you can carry out evacuation of paratroopers and unpolished landing for a certain distance. Handling using the Adapter-M1 kit, which allows you to arrive in a combat environment quickly and without hindrance, is an important experience for the United Force troops.
Sixty convicts have been transferred from the occupied areas of Luhansk region to the government-controlled territory of Ukraine, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova informs. — Ukrinform.
Militants of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic passed 60 prisoners to the Ukraine-controlled territories in Shchastya, as Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman on Human Rights, reported on Facebook. “Thanks to the talks, 60 Ukrainians who were kept in penitentiary facilities in Luhansk region and served sentences for crimes were passed in Shchastya,” she wrote.
Posted by: Editorial April 22, 2019 Important, News of the military-industrial complex 0 Comments For testing in the Armed Forces of Ukraine a ready-tested prototype of the operational-tactical complex from the Design Bureau “South” This was announced on the anniversary from the day the KB was established by the Director General of the company, Alexander Degtyarev In addition, a ready-made prototype for a foreign customer. Tests of domestic TBM will take place in the fall of 2019 year. “This is the operational and tactical rocket complex” Hrim “, the prototype of which is made in the framework of a foreign contract, and the second – for testing by the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, – said the director general of the CD Alexander Dehtyarev The operational-tactical missile complex “Hrim-2” (the export name for TBM “Sapsan”) is developed for the defeat of single and group stationary targets at distances from 50 to 280 km. The combat part of the rocket is projected in mass at 480 kg. It can be performed on a unitary or subminutions warhead. The monobloc scheme uses a fragile-explosive or penetrating frag-explosive penetrator. The on-board missile system is inertial, complete with navigation and guidance systems of various types (radar, opto-electronic, and others).
April 22, 19 Ukrainian PTRK Saudi Arabia continues to procure modern Ukrainian anti-tank missile systems. This year, 140 complexes “Scythian” and “Corsair” and 840 guided missiles have been supplied to them. The Defense Express reports with reference to the ImportGenius export / import database. A subsidiary of Ukrspetsexport, a state-owned enterprise “Specialized Foreign Trade Firm Progress” (NWTP “Progress”), for the first two months of this year sent through the Nicholas Seaport, in the interests of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, four batches of anti-tank guided systems and missiles produced by the Kyiv State Design Bureau “Luch”. In total January-February 2019, Saudi Arabia supplied sixty 130-mm “Scythian” TRCs (with thermal imaging cameras EYE-LR-S Aselsan), 80 light-weight portable 107-mm “Corsair” PTRKs, 400 high-explosive rockets of caliber 130 mm RK-2OF, 400 high-explosive rocket guns 107 mm RK-3OF and 20 training missiles to two PTRK models. The total amount of supplies was about $ 57.85 million. Recall that last year, Ukraine supplied Saudi Arabia with dozens of SKIFs and Corsairs, as well as rockets and simulators to them.
In words that echo Eugene Lyons’ 1953 classic, Our Secret Allies: The Peoples of Russia, Hanna Hopko, chair of the Verkhovna Rada’s foreign affairs committee, says that the non-Russian nations within the borders of the Russian Federation are more important allies of the Free World than are the members of the Russian opposition. Her comments came at a conference on “The Peoples of the Russian Federation: Between Assimilation and Self-Determination” held on Monday at the Ukrainian Diplomatic Academy and attended by numerous Ukrainian politicians, scholars, activists, religious figures and emigres from Russia. Hopko said that Ukrainians in particular have a special moral responsibility to cooperate with and provide support to the non-Russians because Moscow had dramatically increased its repression of those nations after Putin invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea and sparked the war in the Donbas. “The demonstration of Ukrainian solidarity with the peoples of Russia, who are experiencing harassment and russification,” of course, “is dictated not only by moral obligations but also by national interests: We clearly understand that the indigenous peoples are important partners of the Free World, more important than the so-called Russian opposition.” Other speakers at the session developed these points. Refat Chubarov, the head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, said that there is a direct link between Moscow’s oppression of non-Russians within its borders and the Kremlin’s willingness to attack neighboring countries like Ukraine. “When the peoples of Russia acquire the right to freely decide their fate, then they will be able to define as well the forms of state formations or state formation in which they would like to realize their rights … It is possible that in place of the present Russian Federation may arise several such state formations,” the Crimean Tatar leader continued. Mufti Said Ismagilov, the head of the Muslim Spiritual Directorate of Ukraine, argued that “the best defense of our Ukrainian national interests is to begin to play in the Russian field.” “The most harassed in Russia are ethnic minorities, in the first instance Muslim peoples.” And it is they who are displaying “the greatest resistance to the policy of assimilation and deprivation of their own languages.” Syres Bolyaen, the co-creator of the Free Idel-Ural Movement, said that Ukraine was showing the way forward for the peoples now ruled by Moscow. “We believe in Ukraine. We ever more often hear from Bashkirs, Tatars, and Erzyan’s ‘Ukraine turns out to be our supporter!’ These words motivate us to get involved in educational work.” “We believe in a strong independent Ukraine and in the free future of the peoples of Russia. Glory to Ukraine!” he concluded. And Nafis Kashapov, a Tatar activist of Free Idel-Ural now living as an émigré in Warsaw, said that he had come from Poland specially to take part in this conference. “I want to thank Ukrainians for their support of our people. This support is worth its weight in gold for us! And I want to use this opportunity to express enormous gratitude to Mustafa Dzhemilyev who more than once saved me from being handed over to the hands of the Russian special services.” The meeting called on the Verkhovna Rada to support the draft appeal to the United Nations, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, and national parliaments around the world to condemn “the violation of the rights of the indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation.”
Ukrainian border guards have banned four foreigners from entering Ukraine for three years because of St. George’s ribbons, the press service of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has reported on Facebook. — Ukrinform.
The introduction of new restrictions on import of products of Ukrainian light industry would affect the volumes of export of these goods, operation of enterprises and occupancy of employees, as despite the fact that last year export of products of light industry fell by 26% compared with 2017, it totaled $73.6 million (6% of total Ukrainian export of products of light industry), the Ukrainian Association of enterprises of textile & leather industry (Ukrlegprom) has said.
Kurt Volker on Twitter: “President Trump called to congratulate Volodymyr Zelenskyy (@zeteam_official) for his electoral victory and the Ukrainian people for a peaceful & democratic election. We will continue to support 🇺🇦’s efforts to restore its territorial integrity and counter 🇷🇺 aggression.… https://t.co/ksoDVpX3cY”
U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential election. The White House said in a statement that Trump spoke with Zelenskiy after his victory on Sunday. He called the election an important moment in Ukraine’s history and noted the peaceful and democratic manner of the electoral process. The statement said Trump “underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity — within its internationally recognized borders. He also expressed his commitment to work with Zelenskiy “to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption.”
U.S. President Donald Trump has called Volodymyr Zelensky to congratulate on his electoral victory in Ukraine. Zelensky is far ahead of Poroshenko in the April 21 runoff vote.
U.S. President Donald Trump has called the winner in the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to congratulate him, according to the online publication Ukrayinska Pravda. “Donald Trump has called Zelensky to greet. The U.S. President. Just now,” Ukrayinska Pravda said a statement on its Telegram channel on Monday night. As was reported, Zelensky leads with 72% of the runoff vote, according to the National Exit Poll, while incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is supported by 25.5% of voters. According to the TSN’s exit poll, Zelensky was supported by 72.7% and 27.3% voted for Poroshenko. The exit poll results announced on Channel 112.Ukraine says that Zelensky got 73.7% of the vote and Poroshenko had 26.3%. After the results of the exit polls were announced, Poroshenko called Zelensky to congratulate him on his victory for presidency in Ukraine.
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election. — Ukrinform.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in the presidential elections in Ukraine and expressed hope for continuation of cooperation. “Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential elections. Ukraine is a valued NATO partner and we look forward to continuing our cooperation,” he said on Twitter.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in the presidential elections in Ukraine and assured him of further support from the European Union. “A decisive day for Ukraine. Free elections and peaceful change of power – strong Ukrainian democracy. Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky. The EU is determined to continue its support,” he said on Twitter.
Presidents of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council Donald Tusk wrote a congratulatory letter to winner of the presidential elections in Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they assured him of further support for Ukraine from the European Union. The text of the letter was posted in Brussels on Monday. “On behalf of the European Union, we would like to congratulate you on your election as President of Ukraine. Allow us to express our appreciation for the strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law that the people of Ukraine have demonstrated throughout the electoral process. This is a major achievement in the complex political, economic and security environment, against the backdrop of continuous challenges to Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” the letter reads. Tusk and Junker assured Zelensky that the EU would continue supporting reforms in Ukraine, including the consolidation of the rule of law, the fight against corruption, support for macro-financial stability and the continuation of important reforms in the energy sector. “We strongly believe the further implementation by the EU and Ukraine of the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, can be a crucial instrument in this respect,” they stressed. In addition, the presidents assured that the EU would continue supporting the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. At the same time, they noted that in the five years that have passed since the Revolution of Dignity, considerable progress has been made in the country and much remains to be done for Ukraine to become fully peaceful, democratic and prosperous, as citizens demand.
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election. — Ukrinform.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election and stressed support for Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
22.04.19 11:53 – European Commissioner Johannes Hahn congratulates Zelenskyi on victory in presidential race Johannes Hahn expressed hope that a new head of the Ukrainian state will fight against corruption more vigorously. View news.
Theresa May on Twitter: “Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskiy on your election success. Ukraine’s stability is essential for Europe’s security, and I look forward to working closely with you. The UK is steadfast in its support for Ukrainian sovereignty.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has greeted Volodymyr Zelensky, who has won the runoff vote in Ukraine. “Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskiy & @zeteam_official on your Presidential election success. You will now truly be the Servant of the People. We look forward to working together as the UK continues to support Ukraine, her chosen Euro-Atlantic path, reform process & security,” he tweeted on Sunday, April 21. As was reported, Zelensky leads with 72% of the runoff vote, according to the National Exit Poll, while incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is supported by 25.5% of voters. According to the TSN’s exit poll, Zelensky was supported by 72.7% and 27.3% voted for Poroshenko. The exit poll results announced on Channel 112.Ukraine says that Zelensky got 73.7% of the vote and Poroshenko had 26.3%. After the results of the exit polls were announced, Poroshenko called Zelensky to congratulate him on his victory for presidency in Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential elections. — Ukrinform.
The Latest on the results of Ukraine’s presidential vote in which TV actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy won in a landslide (all times local): 12:20 p.m. France and Germany, which have led diplomatic efforts to defuse the conflict in eastern Ukraine, are congratulating Volodymyr Zelenskiy on being elected as president. 12:20 p.m. France and Germany, which have led diplomatic efforts to defuse the conflict in eastern Ukraine, are congratulating Volodymyr Zelenskiy on being elected as president. They are underlining their support for reform and their commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said Monday that he spoke with Zelenskiy and restated his readiness to work alongside Germany in the so-called “Normandy format,” which also involves Ukraine and Russia, to help resolve the conflict between Kiev and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Germany and France brokered a 2015 peace accord with Ukraine and Russia to stop the fighting, but the deal is far from implemented. There has been no recent summit between the four countries’ leaders. In a separate message to Zelenskiy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed her interest in stabilizing Ukraine and a peaceful resolution to the conflict, along with reforms to the judicial system, decentralization of Ukraine and fighting corruption. ___ 12 noon The European Union is congratulating Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his election as Ukrainian president, pledging strong support for his plans to reform the country and fight corruption. In a joint letter to Zelenskiy on Monday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council chief Donald Tusk said the political novice can “count on the EU’s continued and steadfast support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.” Juncker and Tusk wrote that “you can count on the EU’s strong support to Ukraine’s reform path, including consolidating the rule of law, fighting corruption, maintaining macro-financial stability and pursuing the essential reform of the energy sector.” And they said that further implementation of a Ukraine-EU association agreement could be a “crucial instrument” in achieving that. Zelenskiy, a TV actor, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko in Sunday’s election.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election. — Ukrinform.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas believes that the result of presidential elections in Ukraine testifies to the presence of a strong democracy. — Ukrinform.
Justin Trudeau on Twitter: “Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskiy on the results of the Ukrainian presidential election. I’m looking forward to working with you to continue strengthening the ties between Canada & Ukraine, and creating more opportunities for people in both our countries. 🇨🇦🇺🇦”
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau says he is looking forward to working with Volodymyr Zelensky, a Ukrainian showman who appears to have secured a landslide win in the runoff of the presidential election in Ukraine. The Canadian PM has congratulated Zelensky on the results of presidential elections.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky. Global Affairs Canada congratulated the people of Ukraine on the second round of the presidential elections.
Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election, assuring of full support for the reforms and sovereignty of Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
The Government of Japan has congratulated Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory in the second round of the presidential election. The Government of Japan will continue to support Ukrainian reform efforts and strengthen bilateral relations.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential election, the press service of the Belarusian leader has told BelTA. — Ukrinform.
Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning the free and fair presidential election in Ukraine and expressed hope for deepening bilateral relations in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday.
Georgia supports the choice made by Ukraine, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said as he congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning the Ukrainian presidential election.
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning the presidential election in Ukraine.
President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Paul Grod has thanked international observers for their contribution to ensuring free, fair and transparent presidential elections in Ukraine. — Ukrinform.
Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “Elections were fair and free and this is the victory for #Ukraine and a reason to thank Poroshenko and his team. I remain skeptical about the future president but he’s what Ukrainians wanted. 5 interesting years ahead. Good luck to all of us.”
Генеральний штаб ЗСУ on Twitter: “«We do not have «rebels». We have Russian aggression» – reminder of the President of Ukraine – Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Armed Forces of Ukraine will not forget and will not forgive about that. Never!!!… https://t.co/41dGkERt3S”
Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “25% are disappointed and soon many from those 73% will join the camp. This is life. But! The sooner Ukrainians will learn that politics is not about miracles but strategy and hard work, touch of reality will be less painful.”
Kateryna_Kruk on Twitter: “This might be because of the people who are my friends on FB, but they accept defeat of their candidate humbly and with a dignity. Calling for a hard work and ready to work for #Ukraine no matter who is the president.”
“Thank you to all Ukrainians who supported me. Thank you to all Ukrainians who made a different choice,” he said. “I promise that I will never fail you.” He then directed a message to the people of neighboring countries. “While I’m not yet president, I can say this as a Ukrainian citizen. To all post-Soviet countries: look at us. Everything is possible,” he said. Zelenskiy initially took no questions from the press and left to an adjacent room with his team. He then recorded a short video thanking his supporters online. Later Zelenskiy gave a short briefing, answering several questions from the press. Some excerpts from his briefing: On Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, a Poroshenko ally: “Lutsenko is the old team. We will appoint new people! And this is not only about Lutsenko.” On the war in Donbas: “We will act within the Normandy Format and will continue the Minsk (peace) process. We will be reloading it: I believe we’ll have staff turnovers…we will do everything possible for the sake of ending open hostilities. Bringing our boys back home alive is paramount for us. Apart from that, our number one task is to get all of our prisoners of war back.” On the Ukrainian language: “I must protect the Ukrainian language as guarantor (of the constitution), and I will do it.” On Poroshenko: “Poroshenko has offered me his assistance. If I ever need it, I’ll call him… Do you want me to appoint him to a post? I will definitely ask society, and if it wants Petro Poroshenko on some post, it can happen. But let’s at least try to do something with new people.”
Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has gotten more vote in a foreign constituency in the runoff election. A total of 59,830 Ukrainian citizens living abroad took part in the vote.
Political consultant and speaker for Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Ze! Team” Dmytro Razumkov says Volodymyr Zelensky, President-elect of Ukraine, will do without congratulations from former President Viktor Yanukovych. “At the closing of the campaign, we faced such things as ‘support’ from Russian propagandists, Ukrainian officials who fled to Russia. And, let’s say, it worked not for our benefit, but for that of our opponents. Today we have already started to receive congratulations,” Razumkov told UNIAN, answering a question about the reaction of Zelensky’s headquarters to Yanukovych’s congratulations. “We have coped quite well with the election campaign without their support. In the same way, I think we will do well without their greetings,” he said.
There is “no possibility” to stop the war in eastern Ukraine and Russian aggression, the speaker for presidential election winner Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s HQ, Dmytro Razumkov, has told ICTV. He said that the Minsk agreements “do not work in many aspects” but “they cannot be abandoned because all the key sanctions are tied to them”. “In fact, this is indeed the most difficult issue because, to a large extent, there are two wars in the country: one in the east and the Ukrainian army is coping there, and the second one within the country, this is the war against corruption,” he said. Asked whether there are specific mechanisms to end the war, he said that it would be a “long process”. “Unfortunately, no-one can stop the war tomorrow. It was impossible and one should not have promised this,” he said. During the election debate at the Olympic Stadium on 19 April, Zelenskyy accused Poroshenko of failing to stop Russia’s war against Ukraine. During the election campaign, Zelenskyy said that in order to stop the war in Donbas, it is necessary to “just stop shooting”.
Political consultant and a speaker for Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Ze! Team” Dmytro Razumkov says that it is now impossible to be talking about the dissolution of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament. Earlier, the incumbent president has already admitted his defeat and congratulated Zelensky on the election victory.
“I will tell you about Ukraine of my dreams.” This is the beginning of Volodymyr Zelensky election program. The leader of the 95 Kvartal show is one of the favorites of the presidential race 2019. According to a number of recent polls, he is holding the first place, leading a group of politicians claiming to enter the second round. By the way, the total number of presidential candidates is 44. The program of Zelensky will be subjected to our detailed analysis today. Let’s take a closer look at how he sees “The Ukraine of his dreams.” General concepts Our presidential candidate wants Ukraine to be a country where business “can be officially established in an hour, you can get a passport in 15 minutes, and vote in elections in one second.” Also in Zelensky’s “Ukraine of dreams,” doctors and teachers get real wages, and corrupt officials – real penalties, and “my grandmother gets a decent retirement, not a heart attack from a utilities bill.” Foreign policy Volodymyr Zelensky is going to ask for support the guarantors of the Budapest Memorandum and partners in the European Union on three points: A) In an effort to end the war. B) To return the temporarily occupied territories. B) To force the aggressor compensate the damage. Quote from the program: “The Ukraine’s path to NATO and other security associations is a guarantee of our security, in which I believe and which should receive confirmation through an all-Ukrainian referendum.” The presidential candidate also claims that he considers his task the establishment of military salaries “at the level of NATO standards.” First draft law Candidate’s first bill will be called “On power of people.” The essence of the draft law described in the program is as follows: consolidation of the mechanism by which “the people of Ukraine will form the main tasks for the government through referendums and other forms of direct democracy.” This is all planned to be done “with the maximum use of the latest technologies.” More bills: In addition to the above, Zelensky promises to submit several draft laws to the Verkhovna Rada: – “On lifting immunity from the president of Ukraine, people’s deputies and judges.” – “On the impeachment of the President of Ukraine.” – “On the summoning back the MP of Ukraine”. Related: Ukraine’s presidential election: Surprise results of ex-head of state security service Smeshko Quote from the program: “Elections to parliament and local councils should take place by open lists. MPs absenteeism is an automatic basis for deprivation of his mandate.” Courts and law enforcement Quote from the program: “We will return the trust and respect for the court. For simple disputes we will have judges elected by the people. For criminal offenses – an effective jury consisting of the people.” Volodymyr Zelensky also promises that the Security Service will not deal with economic crimes. Economy Presidential candidate promises “zero declaration” for business. It’s sense is: “Every businessman will be able to declare and legalize his income for 5%.” Another proposals: – Replacing the income tax with a tax on the withdrawn capital. – Formation of a transparent land market. – Ukraine to provide its needs at the expense of its own energy resources. Quote from the program: “Every child has the right to accumulate a part of the state’s realization of natural goods in his account. After attaining adulthood, the child will receive these savings as his own starting capital.” Fighting corruption More precisely, as stated in Zelensky’s electoral program, “a victory over it.” Therefore, the candidate’s plans are as follows: – Suspected of corruption will not be released on bail. – Condemned for corruption will get confiscation of property and a lifelong prohibition to hold public office. – The accuser of corruption will be under the protection of the state and receive financial incentives. Quote from the program: “Honest officials will receive guaranteed decent wages, open competitions for positions, high social status and state insurance.” “My goal is the complete openness of the authorities’ actions, the automation of public online processes, the reduction of all state functionality to the size of a smartphone.” Healthcare and education Quote from the program: “Professions of a doctor and teacher should become prestigious and highly paid.” Volodymyr Zelensky promises that hospitals and schools will get modern equipment and upgraded infrastructure. Also a plan for the transition to insurance medicine sounded during his campaign. According to the candidate’s program, the patient will determine the insurance program himself, choose the institution, doctor and method of treatment. At the same time, the basic level of insurance for low-income segments of the population will be provided at the expense of the state. Another promises: – The introduction of a mandatory free annual medical examination. – The introduction of a program to promote a healthy lifestyle. Quote from the program: “Medicines that have been registered in the EU and the U.S. will not receive additional permits in Ukraine.” The topic of education is described in the election program as “the future of the nation”. Zelensky promises the introduction of an educational voucher that works on the principle “money goes after a talented student.” Quote from the program: “Every school genius will receive an educational voucher that can be spent on studying at any institution of higher education he chooses.” Also among the promises is the opening of Ukrainian market for the best foreign educational institutions. Another promises: – Restoration of the program of housing loans for youth. – State support and a year of preferential taxation for young entrepreneurs. – Transition to a funded pension system. – Monetization of benefits and subsidies. – Restoration of airports in each regional center. – Signing the Open Skies Agreement with the EU. – Ensuring access of all residents to the fast Internet. – Automation of public processes. Quote from the program: “All data about the formation and use of budgets, tenders, procurement, auctions will be available to all people.”
Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky who is winning in the runoff election, according to recent exit polls, says the Minsk peace process on Donbas will be rebooted along with a reshuffle of Ukraine’s envoys. Zelensky sees the return of Ukrainian hostages home as his No. 1 task.
Speaker for Volodymyr Zelensky’s campaign headquarters, Dmytro Razumkov, said that the only state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian, but it should be developed using a method of “carrot”, not “stick.” The statement came at a Monday briefing in Kyiv, Ukrainian Pravda reports. When asked whether Zelensky’s team are ready to politically support the law on language, which the Verkhovna Rada is currently considering, Razumkov replied that, for a start, parliament must agree on all amendments and then adopt the document. “Based on Zelensky’s position voiced earlier, the only state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian,” he said. Read alsoFresh data from Ukraine CEC: 98% of votes counted, Zelensky in landslide lead “Development and support of the state language is one of the key prerogatives of the president. But the methods should be stimulating, not following the method of ‘stick’. The ‘carrot’ method gives more efficiency in this matter in particular,” said the representative of Zelensky headquarters. Earlier, the presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, who, according to exit polls, sealed a landslide victory in the presidential election runoff in Ukraine, promised to defend the Ukrainian language.
Members of Volodymyr Zelensky’s team believe that health care reform is certainly necessary, but so far not all Ukrainians are satisfied with its progress, and therefore it needs to be re-assessed and adjusted. The speaker of the Zelensky Campaign headquarters stressed that first of all, an audit of the reform must be carried out. Members of Volodymyr Zelensky’s team believe that health care reform is certainly necessary, but so far not all Ukrainians are satisfied with its progress, and therefore it needs to be re-assessed and adjusted. Speaker of Zelensky Campaign headquarters, Dmytro Razumkov, noted that under the Constitution, health care reform is not the prerogative of the president, but his duties include protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens, as well as their constitutional opportunities, TV Channel 24 reports. In addition, the head of state has the right of a legislative initiative.
Spokesperson for Volodymyr Zelensky’s election team, Dmytro Razumkov, has assured that Ukraine’s relations with European countries will remain friendly and warm. — Ukrinform.
Exit polls showed comic-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy won a landslide victory in the April 21 Ukrainian presidential runoff vote against incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
In the end, it was a demand for radical change and broad disappointment with the incumbent that vaulted a comedian who played Ukraine’s president on television into the real thing. Volodymyr Zelenskiy rode these sentiments, political analysts and sociologists say, to what was shaping up to be an unprecedented landslide victory over President Petro Poroshenko in the country’s April 21 runoff vote. “The absolute majority of Ukrainians again, just as they did five years ago, want radical political change. In that sense, this was a kind of Maidan — but an electoral one,” Ukrainian political analyst Volodymyr Fesenko told RFE/RL, referring to the central Kyiv square at the heart of the 2013-14 protests that helped oust Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych and paved the way for Poroshenko’s election.
Television comic and political newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy appears headed for a landslide victory over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a strong rebuke of establishment politics amid a struggling economy and war in the country’s east.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanked voters and promised he would never let them down after exit polls showed he was set to win a landslide victory in the April 21 presidential runoff vote against incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
A handful of quirky episodes marked a life-imitates-art election day for Ukraine and its likely president-elect, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy was fined for showing the public his marked ballot. Police fined Zelenskiy on April 21 after he cast his ballot in the second round of the Ukrainian presidential vote. In an effort to maintain anonymity in the electoral process, Ukraine has a rule that considers it a minor offense to publicly display a marked ballot. The cost of the fine was estimated to be about $30.
Петро Порошенко on Twitter: “We succeeded to ensure free, fair, democratic and competitive elections. No doubt that Ukraine has put a new high standard for the democratic electoral campaign. I will accept the will of Ukrainian people.”
Петро Порошенко on Twitter: “I call on the international community to help Ukraine to secure all the recent achievements and the strategic choice of the nation for integration to the European Union and the NATO. Please, stay with Ukraine no matter what! Support Ukrainians and be with them!”
Петро Порошенко on Twitter: “You may just look at the celebrations in the Kremlin on the occasion of the elections. They believe that with a new inexperienced Ukrainian President Ukraine could be quickly returned to Russia’s orbit of influence.”
In his concession speech following the April 21 presidential runoff vote against Volodymyr Zelenskiy, incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to remain in politics. Speaking on April 21 in Kyiv, he called on the international community “to help Ukraine secure its recent achievements and the strategic course of the nation for integration into the European Union and NATO.”
Proshenko will sign a law on the Ukrainian language as the official state language after this law is adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, reports …
Newcomer faces pressure to tackle corruption, conflict stalemate and sluggish economy.
Kiev (AFP) – Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, told his supporters he
Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian campaigning with an anti-corruption message, defeated Petro Poroshenko to be the next president.
Zelenskiy’s unorthodox campaign traded on the character he plays in the TV show, a scrupulously honest schoolteacher who becomes president by accident after an expletive-ridden rant about corruption goes viral.
A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, drawing congratulations from global leaders while dealing a stunning rebuke to his country’s political establishment. Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing
Incumbent Petro Poroshenko admits defeat after exit polls give Volodymyr Zelensky a landslide victory.
A comedian who played the role of president in a popular Ukrainian TV show is now on track to become the actual president of Ukraine.
A comedian who plays the president on television has turned art into a real life in a landslide election against the incumbent in conflict-torn Ukraine, according to exit polls.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukraine’s presidential runoff: (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his first job as Ukraine’s new president is to secure the release of military prisoners held in separatist eastern Ukraine and in Russia. Zelenskiy set the goal as results from an exit poll and very early election returns showed him winning a landslide victory over the incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko. He told reporters on Sunday: “Task number one for us is the return of all prisoners, all war hostages, our sailors,” Two dozen Ukrainian sailors have been held in Russia since November, when the Russian coast guard captured three Ukrainian naval vessels as they passed through the Kerch Strait between mainland Russia and Russia-annexed Crimea. Russia seized Crimea in 2014 in a move that Ukraine and almost all of the world views as illegal. Fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine that same year, and 144 prisoners are believed to be held separatist rebels.
Kiev (AFP) – Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has been elected president of Ukraine twice — first as a character in the popular TV show
A popular television comic has been elected the new president of Ukraine. Volodomyr Zelenskiy has no actual experience as a politician. He has played
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Ukranian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy isn’t a politician — but he plays the president on TV. As luck would have it, life is on its way to imitating art as Zelenskiy today came out victorious in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election after candidate Petro Poroshenko conceded defeat.
Volodomyr Zelenskiy — who plays a school teacher who gets elected president after an online rant on the popular drama series ‘Servant of the People’ — beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko in Sunday’s runoff poll.
Ukraine’s election has catapulted Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old standup comedian and television star with no political experience, into the …
Voters clearly wanted to throw out the political hand President Poroshenko dealt them, even if their new head of state is a joker.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine’s presidential runoff: (all times local):
Exit polls show Zelesnkiy beat incumbent Poroshenko, 73% to 25%
On TV, Volodymyr Zelensky plays an ordinary high-school history teacher who is unwittingly elected president of the country.
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky appears to have won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, a final national exit poll, showed on…
Volodymyr Zelenskiy made light work of incumbent Petro Poroshenko in the presidential polls. Ukrainians have voted for a fresh start, but that also comes with the risk of failure and disappointment, writes Bernd Johann.
CBC News Published on Apr 21, 2019 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is accepting defeat in the election for the country’s top post to rival Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Zelenskiy, a comedian who plays a high school teacher who is elected Ukraine’s president on a popular TV series, has never held political office.
Al Jazeera English Published on Apr 22, 2019 Ukrainian comedian Volodomyr Zelensky has won the presidential election by a landslide. His rival Petro Poroshenko has conceded defeat but has vowed to continue fighting from the opposition ranks.
Voters in Ukraine cast ballots on April 21 in the second round of the country’s presidential election. From soldiers on the front lines and residents of villages in war-torn eastern Ukraine to the candidates in the capital, Kyiv, some 35 million Ukrainians were eligible to vote.
Ukraine elects a new President
The business expects newly elected president of Ukraine to take seven priority steps, including the signing of a memorandum with the IMF to continue cooperation and protection and extension of structural reforms. — Ukrinform.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on his election victory and thanked incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko for his five-year term in office. — Ukrinform.
22.04.19 14:20 – Tymoshenko urges for forming new government before parliamentary election Leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yuliia Tymoshenko has said that a new government should be created before the next parliamentary election scheduled for autumn 2019, referring to the outcome of the presidential election. View news.
Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has announced first vote count results in the Vybory (Election) e-system. With 1% of the vote counted, Zelensky is leading with 70.36% of votes.
A large number of anonymous bomb threats in airports, shopping malls, religious buildings and the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station were received by the Ukrainian National Police on the day of the second round of the election, Serhiy Kniazev, the head of the National Police, said.
A representative of Ukraine’s presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky’s team say a possible date for the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky, who is winning in the runoff election, is May 28, 2019. However, there is also another interpretation of the legislation.
Paul Goble Staunton, April 21 – The language of hatred that has infected both sides in the just-completed presidential race in Ukraine, just like it did in Britain over Brexit and in the US election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton has far more serious consequences because it represents not traditional populism but rather a new digital variety, Lyubko Deresh says. “Traditional populism,” the Ukrainian writer says, “canb e defined as the desire to please the simplest demands of the people by operating on their emotions: fear, hope and dissatisfaction. Digital populism virtually realized this program through the Internet and in the first instance social networks” (apostrophe.ua/article/society/2019-04-20/natsiya-ledi-i-djentlmenov-ili-pochemu-nam-tak-vajno-sohranit-kulturu/25355). The digital kind is more powerful and can unleash in society an emotional reaction in society with destructive consequences. That is what has happened in many places and appears to have happened during the presidential campaign in Ukraine, Deresh warns. Ukrainians must understand what has happened and fight against it. The campaign, to a degree “unprecedented” even in comparison with the Maidan, has generated so much hatred that this hatred has both “drowned out all other messages” and destroyed the public space of culture that holds a society together. Once society is destroyed in this way, it is at risk of extreme fragmentation because “communication becomes impossible.” “The language of hatred,” Deresh continues, “is one of the powerful catalyzers which acts to destroy communication in society.” But it does more than that, it puts the common culture at risk of being destroyed as well. And that is the risk that Ukraine along with other countries which have become victims of digital populism now faces. One of the signs of this development is that “the voice of wisdom is assessed as weaker” than those of people employing the language of hatred, and that makes it difficult if not impossible to hold things together and reach agreements all can support. “Culture, as the Japanese say, “allows for ‘saving face.’ In the absence of culture, the meaning of honor is reduced to nothing. The bases for gentlemen’s agreements are destroyed, and an atmosphere of distrust and readiness to fight on all this spreads.” Communication in the public space dies, and with it culture and the public space as such. What can be done? Individuals can fight this by behaving well themselves towards those near them. That won’t solve everything but it is a good place to begin, the Ukrainian writer says, because as Bertrand Russell once observed “a gentleman is someone in the presence of whom you begin to feel yourself to be a gentleman as well.” Ukrainians are wounded but “we are not hopeless,” Deresh says. We must concern ourselves with overcoming the damage that has been done. Perhaps the best way is if we behave as ladies and gentlemen, that will “allow others to feel themselves when they are in our company as ladies and gentlemen as well.”
Anatoliy Oktysiuk, a political expert at the Democracy House analytical center, suggests Volodymyr Zelensky will face a setback on the path of building a strong presidential vertical, and the axis of political power in Ukraine will shift to various groups of influence in the Verkhovna Rada. The expert predicts Zelensky will face a setback on the path of building a strong presidential vertical. Anatoliy Oktysiuk, a political expert at the Democracy House analytical center, suggests Volodymyr Zelensky will face a setback on the path of building a strong presidential vertical, and the axis of political power in Ukraine will shift to various groups of influence in the Verkhovna Rada. “It seems to me Zelensky will be a weak president. Therefore, Ukraine’s movement toward a parliamentary republic looks quite natural. There will be five or six large oligarchs in parliament, and an oligarchic consensus will be formed, where each oligarch will have his own piece of cake. They will negotiate, cooperate or fight each other. And if someone wants to change the status quo, all the rest will unite against the rebel. Zelensky won’t be able to change anything right now. The system in our state is built in such a way that a parliamentary majority is needed for the president to work actively and efficiently. If Zelensky now starts forming a majority in parliament, it will be very costly – I don’t know who will be gathering it, but various informal groups will want to have their ‘cookies.’ Otherwise, Zelensky will have to completely give up on the entire economic bloc and partially concentrate on diplomacy and defense,” Oktysiuk told Glavred. “Pretty soon, Volodymyr Zelensky will face a crisis of legitimacy. Because the expectations from his presidency are too high, while the demand for changes that Zelensky is unlikely to achieve is also too high. And then this ‘snowball’ will turn against him. In the near future, the new president will start losing support of the Ukrainians pretty rapidly, and many will criticize him. First of all, Zelensky will be criticized by the electorate of the [pro-Russian] Opposition Bloc, which voted for him in the runoff, as well as by political elites. Zelensky will be under a flurry of fire. He will definitely face tough times, where the support and trust of society will begin to drop. So, Zelensky’s high results is a protest and a referendum on distrust of the old elites,” he said. According to the expert, now Zelensky has an extremely small range of actions that he can perform as the president of Ukraine. “Now the question is whether Zelensky will be able to dissolve the Verkhovna Rada and not to lose his popular rating? At first, he will face a hostile environment: he won’t be able to do anything, his decisions will be sabotaged. Since Zelensky doesn’t understand some things, does not know yet how things function and work, there is a risk that he may become a victim of some behind-the-scenes arrangements of various groups of interests and influence, because now the struggle for positions and the pressure of various oligarchs for their quotas will begin,” Oktysiuk said.
Ukraine’s foreign policy will not change during the presidency of Volodymyr Zelensky since many of the economic, military and ideological steps taken in the past five years now connect the country with the western world. “On foreign policy front, Ukraine’s major issue will be the war in Donbas and relations with Russia. There have been fears that with Zelensky at helm, Ukraine’s foreign policy would radically change in favor of Russia. In fact, it will be very difficult for him to do this as in the last five years since the Ukraine crisis broke out following the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine ratified the Association Agreement with the European Union, the non-signing of which actually deposed the former president Viktor Yanukovych. Moreover, Ukraine also got visa-free access for its citizens to the EU (except for the UK and Ireland) and four other Schengen-associated countries,” Georgia Today posted in its article. Zelensky may indeed meet Putin and even soften his rhetoric towards Russia, but on a grander level of state politics, he will not change Ukraine’s view of Crimea and the conflict in Donbas. A recent spectacular rise of national self-consciousness among ordinary Ukrainians will not tolerate any U-turn to the country’s foreign policy. A democratically elected Zelensky is also a hostage of Ukrainian public opinion. Zelensky’s win also shows that among post-Soviet Slavic states, Ukraine in fact is the only one which has regularly changed heads of the state. Thus this development might also have an influence on Belarus where eventually the time will come when a long-ruling Alexander Lukashenka will have to make a choice between his independent Belarussian successor or Belarus integrated into Russia.
Despite attempts by opponents to portray him as being soft on Russia, Ukraine is expected to continue on a pro-western path with Volodymyr Zelensky as president, seeking strong ties with the United States, Britain and other European states. Ivan Bakanov, Mr Zelensky’s campaign chief, led a team that spent three days in Washington last week holding meetings at the White House, the State Department and Congress. The team, he said, also compared notes with the 2020 campaign of President Trump — another outsider with zero political experience when elected. Mr Bakanov told The Times they were warmly received in the US but officials “made it clear that international support would be contingent on us fighting corruption. And that is one of our major aims.”
Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky appears to have won Ukraine’s presidential election in a landslide — but he’ll enter office with a difficult to-do list, Michael Bociurkiw writes.
Ukrainians have chosen their new president, the 41-year-old showman and actor Volodymyr Zelensky. According to the Constitution, the head of state does not directly oversee economic processes, but his policies should be in tune with the steps of the executive and legislative branches to address key economic problems. After polling a number of experts, UNIAN made an outline of the economic agenda of the new president. Following the second round of elections, the post of head of state after the May inauguration will be taken by Volodymyr Zelensky, who received the maximum support in the history of independent Ukraine: 73% of voters. The new president faces a difficult task – to find a common language with the current Verkhovna Rada, a third of which is represented by supporters of the outgoing head of state and entering the active phase of preparations for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, which are likely to take place in October, as scheduled earlier. The Constitution of Ukraine states that the president is primarily responsible for national security, foreign policy and, in part, the judicial power, but has the right to veto any law passed by parliament. The head of state can initiate the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the laws necessary to speed up the modernization of the country and, after the election of legislators in October, through his faction, take part in the formation of the government. That is, not being a direct curator of economic processes, the head of state can influence them in one way or another, and therefore it is important that his policy be in tune with the steps of other branches of state power to solve economic problems facing Ukraine. It would seem that so far, the national economy is developing in a positive direction: according to last year’s results, real GDP growth in Ukraine accelerated to 3.3% and reached its maximum over the past seven years, while inflation slowed to 9.8%, or to a five-year minimum. But in reality, the standard of living of Ukrainians has not improved dramatically. “Today we are actually a few decades behind the economic development level of the neighboring countries. We understand that it is necessary to move faster in order to achieve such living standards and maintain them,” said Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, summing up the results of the three-year work of his Cabinet of Ministers. In other words, in order for the life of Ukrainians to really improve, the economy is waiting for urgent management decisions. UNIAN asked the experts to form an economic agenda for the country’s authorities.
The vote tally is nearly over. Now it’s time for Volodymyr Zelenskiy to size up the looming issues he will face.
WITH DANCE music blaring, drinks flowing, and ping-pong balls flying about, Volodymyr Zelensky’s election-day headquarters in Kiev felt like a nightclub. Mr Zelensky (pictured) had reason to party: as expected, the comedian-cum-candidate trounced the incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, in the presidential run-off election on April 21st. …. Despite his huge victory, Mr Zelensky will face many challenges once he takes office. Rival parties will still control parliament, the Rada, which holds significant power in Ukraine’s mixed system. He will need to turn his new party, Servant of the People, named after his TV show, into a real political machine if he wants to gain control of the Rada in the autumn. Vladimir Putin still has many tools to put pressure on his new counterpart. Ukraine’s loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund stipulates further increases in household gas prices this year, measures that have already proved deeply unpopular. Disappointment from unmet expectations, in fact, is the subject of the second season of Mr Zelensky’s show, entitled “From Love to Impeachment”. As one Zelensky aide says, “We know what can happen: we wrote this all already.” After the post-election buzz wears off, the thankless reality of governing will begin.
The besieged country takes a flyer and elects a comedian.
Ukraine elected a comedian, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who played the president of Ukraine in a tv series, as its real president. The new leader was elected by 70% of the vote in the country of forty six million, currently in its sixth year of war with Russia
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.
In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy played a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way.
Paul Goble Staunton, April 21 – Even before the polls close and confirm what many expect, Vladimir Pastukhov says that he expects Petro Poroshenko to lose to Vladimir Zelensky, a development that reflects above all else Ukraine’s move from a Maidan to a post-Maidan period in which the Ukrainian people are less interested in fighting Moscow than they were. This shift means, the London-based Russian political analyst says, that in the future, “the Maidan will be for Ukraine not the end (crowning point) of history but only part of it” and the country will shift “almost certainly into a slower ‘revolutionary orbit,’ although the flight will continue” (mbk-news.appspot.com/sences/vremya-postmajdana/). What is occurring in this election then, he says, “is not a simple change of persons but a logical change of eras and stages of the development of the revolution.” Given that reality, Poroshenko had “practically no chances not because he was a bad president but because he embodied a policy whose time in Ukraine has run out.” Thus, the narrative that he lost because people were tired of him and thus suffered from a protest vote against him or because he made the tactical mistake of focusing on Timoshenko rather than Zelensky in the first round is wrong. Instead, Pastukhov says, Poroshenko lost because he was the embodiment of a political course which had lost the support of the people.” Those who have voted for Zelensky did so, the London analyst says, not because they wanted “a new ‘face’” but because they wanted “a new ‘policy,’” one that reflects a very different reading of the Maidan than the one Poroshenko has, a reading of “revolutionary maximalism” that requires “uncompromising war not only with Russia” but with society as well. In Poroshenko’s understanding. “the war was worth a mass, in the direct and indirect sense of the word;” and he counted on Ukrainians to view things in the same way and allow everything else to be subordinated to and put off as long as the prosecution of the war required such postponements. “But it has turned out,” Pastukhov continues, “that Poroshenko seriously overrated not only the readiness of Ukrainian society ‘to write off debts’ under the pretext of the war but also on the whole the willingness of this society to conduct the war itself.” One-third of Ukrainian society was prepared to do so; but two thirds are not. “This doesn’t mean that these two thirds may be described as supporters of Putin,” Pastukhov hastens to adds. “It is simply that they are not prepared to fight without chances for victory, do not consider the return of Crimea as a priority of their personal lives, and continue to be in contact with residents of the Donbass.” This part of Ukrainian society, the analyst says, “is not prepared to live by war alone.” Pastukhov couldn’t offer anything else to those tired from war and consequently he lost. His effort at the end to make Putin into his main opponent both symbolized his policies and explains why he could not win. Unfortunately for him, “the more Poroshenko spoke about the war, the more Ukrainians wanted peace and quiet. They voted for the man who more than the others was associated by them with peaceful life.” Those who voted for Zelensky don’t want to fight but they aren’t going to forget and forgive Russia either, Pastukhov says. As a result, if Zelensky is able to lower the temperature of the conflict, he may not lose support as quickly as many now expect. But he certainly can’t be Putin’s “agent” as some suggest. Zelensky is a political project in the works, of course, but he is one that has a political base, “and therefore he may survive,” not because of what he will do but rather because of “what he will not do.” How far he will be able to adopt that approach, of course, depends on Russia’s reaction. As a result, things may work out with Zelensky in Ukraine as they have with Trump in the US: “there’s no collusion but there is objective support and interest. Russia could organize things in Ukraine on a scenario similar to the Georgia, although ‘the god father’ of the nation who in Georgia was played by Ivanishvili will be assumed in Ukraine by Kolomoysky.” “By ‘law’ for Russia in this case nothing particular will change, but ‘by understandings,’ people will breathe easier. This in principle can be arranged and then Ukraine and it follows Zelensky will get a small breathing space.” Only if Zelensky cannot satisfy the demand of his voters for less war is he likely to face the third Maidan some talk about, one that would sweep him from office just as earlier editions of that have done to his predecessors.
If Zelensky is sworn in as president, his prime minister will be Volodymyr Groysman, a Jewish politician who was the mayor of the city of Vinnytsia.
Marvels one columnist: ‘Imagine, a pure-blooded Jew with the appearance of a Sholom Aleichem protagonist wins by a landslide in a country that glorifies Nazi criminals’
Jewish actor with no political experience expected to take 73 percent of the popular vote; incumbent Poroshenko concedes defeat
Comedian blurred the line between politics and entertainment on the campaign trail, but now will have to prove his presidency is no joke
(JTA) — If official exit polls from Ukraine’s presidential elections are to be believed, that country is set to become the only one in the world besides Israel whose president and prime minister are both Jewish. Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky’s dramatic lead in exit polls Sunday — in many of them he received more than 73 percent of the vote — was so overwhelming that it prompted a concession of defeat by incumbent Petro Poroshenko even before the official results were in, Radio Liberty reported. If Zelensky is sworn in as president, his prime minister — at least for a while and possibly until the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place sometime later this year — will be Volodymyr Groysman, a Jewish politician who was the mayor of the city of Vinnytsia.
It’s a new stage for Jewish comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who, for now at least, embodies a new sense of Ukrainian nationhood for voters
It’s a new stage for Jewish comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who, for now at least, embodies a new sense of Ukrainian nationhood for voters
It is also too early to talk about the possibility of working together, Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Earlier, Dmitry Medvedev said he had no illusions after the elections in Ukraine, but he believes that there is a chance of improving relations The Kremlin is not yet ready to congratulate Vladimir Zelensky. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, commented on the defeat of Petro Poroshenko in the Ukrainian elections. The deputy head of the presidential administration said that it is too early to judge whether the Russian president and the new Ukrainian leader will be able to build productive relations. – It is premature to talk about the congratulations of President Putin to Mr. Zelensky, as well as the opportunity to work together. Judging will be possible only in specific cases. At the same time, Moscow respects the choice of the Ukrainian people, especially since this choice is very obvious. At the same time, the legitimacy of these elections was generally questioned when the three million citizens of Ukraine who live in the Russian Federation were not allowed to vote. – You said that it is premature to congratulate and talk about working together. As for working together, it’s understandable, but why do you think it’s premature to congratulate? – Because you need to be judged by specific cases, by specific steps. Moreover, let us still proceed from the fact that so far there are no official election results that have not yet been summarized. Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that he had no illusions after the elections in Ukraine, but he believes that there is a chance for better relations. “The main thing that should be wished to the new Ukrainian leadership is sanity. And, of course, an understanding of the deep value of relations between the peoples of our countries, which should be higher than the political situation, ”Medvedev wrote on Facebook.
“The Ukraine election has been held. The result has shown an explicit demand for new approaches in addressing Ukraine’s issues. Obviously, the new president will face the task of consolidating the country, taking into account the realities that have emerged in recent years,” he wrote on Facebook on April 22. “I have no doubt: the new head of state – with regard to Russia – will adhere to the rhetoric he used during campaign. That is, to repeat well-known ideological formulas targeting various groups of the population. I harbor no illusions about this. At the same time, there are still chances for better interaction with our country,” the Russian prime minister added. According to Medvedev, this requires “honesty,” as well as a pragmatic and responsible approach. “An approach that takes into account all of Ukraine’s political realities, primarily including the situation in the east of the country. Therefore, the main thing we should wish the new Ukrainian leadership is sanity. And, of course, an understanding of the deep value of relations between the peoples of our countries, which should be above the political situation,” he said. The Russian official added that only on such a basis is it possible to revive economic interaction that was earlier “killed.” This means “solving the most difficult social problems that are so acute for millions of Ukrainians today,” according to Medvedev.
Dmitry Medvedev hopes that Russia will agree on the further cooperation with the winner of the presidential run in Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, as he wrote on Facebook. Medvedev believes that Zelensky will lead the country following his convictions and plans he talked about during his campaign. Yet he hopes that Russia will agree with Ukraine on further economic cooperation. Related: Fugitive president Yanukovych congratulates Zelensky on presidency “I have no doubts that speaking of the relationships with Russia, the new Head of State will adhere to the rhetoric he used during his election campaign. Repeat famous ideological formulas aimed at different categories of the population. I don’t have any illusions in this regard. At the same time, we have chances to improve our cooperation,” Medvedev wrote. He also thinks that the Ukrainian President needs to be fair and have common sense, he has to find a “pragmatic and responsible” way considering the situation in Donbas.
22.04.19 12:32 – Yanukovych congratulates Zelenskyi with election victory Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskyi on his victory in the presidential election of Ukraine. View news.
The two sides have for once found something they agree on — for different reasons. ….. Some close to the Kremlin expressed worries on Sunday that Poroshenko will try to hamper Zelenskiy before leaving office next month. “He will 100 percent try to make it harder for Zelenskiy to improve relations with Russia,” said Alexander Chesnakov, a former Kremlin administration member turned political consultant. The result presented a moment of hope for Russia’s opposition politicians regarding the country’s next presidential elections. On Monday morning, the first official Kremlin response came via Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who wrote on his Facebook page that there are “chances for improving relations.” Zelenskiy, however, has not styled himself as a pro-Russian candidate. He has said, albeit less zealously than Poroshenko, that Ukraine’s path forward is as part of the European Union and NATO. “He has called Putin an enemy and Russia an aggressor,” state television propagandist Vladimir Soloviev lamented on Sunday night. “Why do we have to support him?”
KRASNODAR, RUSSIA – Volodymyr Zelensky’s victory in Sunday’s Ukrainian Presidential election marks the moment when the Western populist wave comes to the post-Soviet space.
As early results show West-backed President Petro Poroshenko looks certain to be defeated by comic Volodymyr Zelensky, US and EU officials have queued up to congratulate the political rookie, all looking for “strong partnership.”
More than 12.2 mln voters backed Zelensky
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