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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.

Down in the polls, Ukraine leader begs for second chance

Kiev - Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko begged for forgiveness and a second chance Thursday as polls showed him facing all-but-certain defeat three days ahead of a presidential vote.

Poroshenko seeks votes in West Ukraine in election run-off

Zhidachev - Facing a potentially huge defeat in a run-off vote on Sunday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is fighting to close the gap by winning votes in the country's largely conservative Western regions and expanding his appeal elsewhere.

Ukraine presidential candidates finally agree debate

Kiev - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday finally agreed to a debate to close a presidential campaign that has at times descended into farce.

US health officials seek to stem measles outbreaks traced to Israel, Ukraine

Washington - The origins of the measles outbreak in the United States are not a mystery.

Ukraine media demands access to presidential favourite

Kiev - Ukrainian media on Tuesday called on comedian Volodymyr Zelensky to answer their questions ahead of a weekend presidential election he is expected to win despite minimum engagement with mainstream outlets.

For Russian speakers in Ukraine, a candidate talking their language

Kryvyy Rih - In his startling run to become Ukraine's next president, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has enjoyed a key advantage over his rivals: strong support from the country's Russian-speaking regions.

Ukraine leader puts on one-man show as vote frontrunner skips debate

Kiev - Ukraine's leader on Sunday held a one-man debate next to an empty lectern, roused thousands of supporters at a stadium and even sang, as a comedian tipped to become the next president skipped the event before a high-stakes run-off vote.

Ukraine leader debates alone as vote frontrunner a no-show

Kiev - Ukraine's incumbent leader on Sunday warned the country's future was in danger as he failed to lure out a comedian tipped to become the next president into a debate before a high-stakes run-off vote.

Appeals for restraint as Ukraine's presidential race turns nasty

Kiev - Ukraine's interior ministry on Saturday called on a comedian tipped to become the country's next president and his incumbent rival not to exacerbate tensions ahead of a run-off in a high-stakes election.

Estonia, Poland deny entry to Russian ship over Crimea cadets

Tallinn - EU states Estonia and Poland said Friday they had blocked a Russian training ship from entering their waters because some on board are cadets from Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.

Ukraine presidential rivals court Macron, Merkel

Paris - The Ukrainian comedian tipped to become president and his incumbent rival travelled to Paris and Berlin on Friday to seek international backing nine days before the run-off in a high-stakes vote.

Wladimir Klitschko urges new Ukraine vote dope tests

Berlin - Ex-world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko Wednesday dismissed as a "farce" the doping tests performed on both Ukraine presidential election candidates last week and offered to pay for new ones.

Ukraine vote rivals take drug tests in growing media spectacle

Kiev - Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky took drug tests on Friday ahead of their election runoff as the ex-Soviet country's presidential race becomes increasingly sensational.

Ukraine vote rivals take drug tests in growing media spectacle

Kiev - Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky took drug tests on Friday ahead of their election runoff as the ex-Soviet country's presidential race becomes increasingly sensational.

Family of MH17 victim sues Russia banks, US money transfer companies

New York - The family of an American teenager killed aboard the MH17 flight launched a court case Thursday against Russian banks and US money transfer companies for helping to finance pro-Moscow separatists accused of shooting it down over Ukraine.

Kiev renames street in honour of late US senator McCain

Kiev - Kiev on Thursday renamed one of its streets after John McCain, in a gesture of honour to the late US senator who supported Ukraine's pro-Western leadership in the standoff with Russia.

Media circus as Ukraine's Poroshenko, Zelensky mull stadium debate, drug tests

Kiev - Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko agreed on Thursday to go head-to-head with comedian Volodymyr Zelensky in a debate at the country's biggest stadium, as flamboyant media spectacle and social media drive the race for the presidency.

French far-right figure Marion Marechal to visit Crimea

Paris - The niece of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, former MP Marion Marechal, will visit the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea this month, furthering her links with Russia, which annexed the territory in 2014.

Russia opposes US plan for more NATO ships in Black Sea

Moscow - A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed "negatively" in Moscow, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Ukraine's Tymoshenko says won't challenge vote results

Kiev - Ukraine's former prime minister Yuliya Tymoshenko on Tuesday denounced the results of a "rigged" vote that eliminated her from the presidential race, but said she would not urge street protests.

For jaded Russians, Ukraine's Zelensky is 'breath of fresh air'

Moscow - The soaring popularity of Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who led the first round of presidential polls, has intrigued Russians with many warming to his calls for dialogue with Moscow, and laughing along with his Russian-language humour.

Zelensky: Ukrainian comedian laughing all the way to the ballot box

Kiev - Volodymyr Zelensky has already been elected president of Ukraine -- in the popular TV show "Servant of the People", the third season of which began airing last week.His rise is strikingly similar to that of his character in the hit series.

No joke: comedian Zelensky sets course for Ukraine presidency

Kiev - Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is favourite to become Ukraine's president after results Monday showed him dominating a first-round vote despite many initially dismissing his candidacy as a joke.

Ukraine police seize $60mn of heroin, say 'never seen so much'

Kiev - Ukraine police seized heroin worth about $60 million -- over half a tonne of the powder -- in raids in the country's centre and west, officials said Sunday, describing it as the biggest haul they had ever seen.

At Ukraine frontline, security tight for presidential poll

Mariupol - An armoured police vehicle stands outside a polling station in Mariupol, the easternmost Ukrainian city still under Kiev's control, as officers patrol the streets.

Funny man vs chocolate baron: Ukraine's presidential choice

Kiev - In three weeks Ukrainians will face a choice between comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent Petro Poroshenko, who made his fortune in chocolate, for their next leader.

Comic leads as Ukraine votes for president

Kiev - A comedian whose political experience is limited to playing the president on TV is likely to top the first round of voting as Ukrainians go to the polls Sunday.

Clown or candidate? Ukraine presidential favourite keeps audience guessing

Kiev - When is a presidential campaign not a presidential campaign? When it's being fronted by Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian comedian who has a serious chance of becoming the country's leader going into a weekend vote.
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Police guard the Ukrainian parliament during a closed session in Kiev on July 31, 2014
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