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Ukraine's new president Zelensky calls snap elections

Kiev - Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky called snap parliamentary polls in his inaugural speech Monday and said his top priority is ending the war with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east.

Ukraine to inaugurate comedian Zelensky as president

Kiev - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky steps into his new role as Ukrainian president with his inauguration on Monday, launching a new era for the country wracked by war and economic difficulties.

Ukraine's new president caught in US political crossfire

Kiev - Ukraine's incoming president has been caught up in a drama that could influence the course of the US 2020 presidential election, risking tensions with a crucial ally at a time of crisis with Russia.

Tensions rise over Ukraine's new independent church

Kiev - Ukrainian clerical infighting broke out into the open Wednesday in a development that analysts say may threaten the future of Ukraine's new unified Orthodox Church -- to Moscow's delight.

Tensions rise over Ukraine's new independent church

Kiev - Bitter divisions among Ukraine's religious leaders were laid bare Wednesday when honorary Patriarch Filaret accused the young head of the newly created united church of governing single-handedly despite earlier agreements.

Fifth anniversary of Ukrainian director's Russian detention marked

Kiev - A protest in Ukraine's capital Kiev on Friday marked the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov by Russian authorities.

Canada FM reafirms support for Kiev on visit

Kiev - Canada's Foreign Minister on Wednesday affirmed her country's "inviolable support" for Ukraine during visit to Kiev, following presidential elections won by comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.

Russia slams 'scandalous' order in Ukraine to boost local language

Kiev - Russia on Thursday slammed as "scandalous" a move by Ukraine to reduce the use of the Russian language, pushing up already high tensions days after Ukraine elected a new president.

Kiev passes law strengthening Ukrainian languageĀ use

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Thursday passed a law enforcing the use of the Ukrainian language in official settings, a move likely to rile Russian-speaking areas of the country and Moscow.

Ukraine's Zelensky urges Russia sanctions after citizenship rule changeĀ 

Kiev - Ukraine president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday urged more international sanctions against Russia after Moscow made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports.

Observers hail Ukraine's 'competitive' vote

Kiev - European observers on Monday praised Ukraine's presidential election as "competitive and held with respect for fundamental freedoms" but said the campaigns were thin on substance.

Ukraine leaps into unknown after comic elected president

Kiev - Ukraine leapt into the unknown Monday after comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was elected president on promises of change but with just a vague blueprint of what he might do as leader.

From comic to commander-in-chief: challenges for new Ukraine leader

Kiev - Ukraine's election has catapulted Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old standup comedian and television star with no political experience, into the nation's top job.

Last laugh: Ukraine comedian who became president

Kiev - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has been elected president of Ukraine twice -- first as a character in the popular TV show "Servant of the People", now for real.

Hopes, fears as Ukraine braces for comedian president

Mariupol - Outside a polling station in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, just miles from the front of a conflict with Russia-backed separatists, an armoured police van stands guard.

Ukraine comedian Zelensky becomes president-elect in landslide win

Kiev - 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.

Ukraine vote pits young comic against reformer incumbent

Kiev - Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday, with a politically inexperienced 41-year-old comedian set to win the leadership of a country locked in a war with Moscow-backed separatists.

As comedian eyes presidency, Ukraine braces for uncertain future

Kiev - Ukraine readied Saturday for a change in leadership as a young comedian appeared set to crush his incumbent rival in presidential polls, delivering a stinging rebuke to the old elite.

Comedian, president in stadium debate ahead of Ukraine election

Kiev - A comedian tipped to become Ukraine's next president and his incumbent rival go head-to-head in an extraordinary stadium debate Friday, as campaigning reaches its climax before a weekend vote.

Zelensky: Ukrainian clown or political wonder boy?

Kiev - Volodymyr Zelensky, a 41-year-old politically inexperienced comedian who is on track to become Ukraine's next president, stirs strong feelings.
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