Petro Poroshenko

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Some 73 per cent of voters supported presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/ EPA

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has promised not to let Ukrainians down and held up his country as a democratic example to all post-Soviet states, after (...)

Ukraine’s president and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko attends a policy debate with his rival, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, at the Olimpiyskiy sports stadium in Kiev, on Friday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko swung hard for challenger Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a highly charged debate before more than 20,000 noisy specta(...)

Ukrainian servicemen perform military training for schoolchildren at a school in Mariupol. Photograph: Sergey Vaganov/EPA

It is only a few weeks since Nadezhda Zhelyova last saw her former student Nikolai Volkov, when he returned to the technical college where she teaches(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko: supporters use social media to make unsubstantiated claims about Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s alleged drug use and links to Russia.  Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP/Getty

For Ukrainians who ousted their Kremlin-backed leader in 2014 to stop the country becoming a Russian-style autocracy, its current presidential electio(...)

Ukrainian president and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko  with French president Emmanuel Macron outside the Élysée  Palace in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat

Ukrainians caught a possible glimpse of the future on Friday, as comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy met French leader Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace i(...)

Ukraine presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: comedian  gives blood sample at a medical centre ahead of a policy debate. Photograph: Zoya Shu

Ukraine’s presidential election rivals have taken drug tests before their run-off and a possible debate in Kiev’s biggest sports arena, but the latest(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: demands the president stop deriding him as a pro-Kremlin candidate and “puppet” of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukraine’s presidential election was always going to be a bruising battle, but as the contenders trade trash talk and demand drug tests before a potent(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results of the first-round vote in the election, in Kiev. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has pledged to put up a fierce fight to retain power, as results from the first round of presidential elections s(...)

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, comedian and presidential candidate, led  an exit poll following the first round of elections on Sunday. Photograph: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

A comedian with no political experience raced ahead in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrench(...)

Sofia Tolmacheva at her house close to the war zone in Pisky, eastern Ukraine. ‘I don’t believe in any of these politicians anymore.’ Photograph: Roger Waleson/Sopa Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Anyone feeling drained by the upheaval of Brexit should spare a thought for the people of Ukraine. Since 2003 they have lived through two revolutions,(...)

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