Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy: Many of his compatriots fear he will find himself  under pressure to accept a poor deal. Photograph: Ints Kalnins

This time last year, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was preparing a surprise for the millions of Ukrainians who would watch his TV comedy special on New Year’s E(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky met senior deputies on Wednesday to discuss concerns over the plan. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been warned against “capitulation” to the Kremlin, after agreeing to a plan that he hopes will help end hi(...)

 Members of the Ukrainian electoral commission talk to a voter before she casts her vote in a mobile ballot box during parliamentary elections, in the village of Velyki Dmytrovychi, near Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

The party of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy dominated Sunday’s parliamentary elections, exit polls suggest, as voters backed the ex-comedian’(...)

An activist distributes electoral materials in support of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s political party, Servant of the People, in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The party of Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is set to dominate the country’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, and hopes to secure a m(...)

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 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,(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy: “A new life is beginning, a life without corruption and bribes; life in a new country, a country of dreams.” Photograph; Valentyn Ogirenko

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy comfortably won the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday and is likely to face incumbent Petro Porosh(...)

Ukrainian comic actor and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy casts his ballot at a polling station  in Kiev. Photograph: Reuters

Ukrainians are casting ballots in a presidential election that follows a campaign marred by vicious political infighting and allegations of bribing of(...)

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