UKRAINIAN POLITICS 2019

Volodymyr Zelensky

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is President of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelensky a comedian with no political experience wins the Presidency of Ukraine. Zelensky became Ukraine's sixth president and first Jewish president in 28 years of independence. It is difficult to predict the future for Ukraine under Zelensky. He is a self-made millionaire who has close ties to Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyi. But already faces challenges that may yet see him fail. 

At the beginning of October 2019 thousands of protesters gathered in Independence square to protest against his agreement bring elections to territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

It is part of a plan known as the "Steinmeier formula" that aims to bring special status in the separatist-held east of Ukraine.

Many Ukrainian's see this as capitulation. One former Ukrainian negotiator said it was a "path to war, not to peace", and rock singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, who leads the Voice party in Ukraine, demanded Zelensky explain the concessions he was ready to make.