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Open audition: Ukraine's comedian president invites citizens to run in July poll

Jul 12 2019

KIEV A comedian and entrepreneur, 29-year-old Roman Hryshchuk had only been in politics for a few weeks when he found himself in front of a semicircle of voters in a park in western Kiev, fielding questions from a testy audience.

Rock star seeks to upstage comedian president in Ukraine vote

Jul 09 2019

KIEV Standing on stage in a black t-shirt, Ukrainian rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk turns to his massed ranks of fans and asks if they are fed up about how their country is run. | Video

'New blood' in Ukraine parliament will ease reform path: Zelenskiy party chief

Jun 21 2019

KIEV Ukraine can pass reforms to make politicians more accountable and lift a ban on the sale of farmland after lawmakers hostile to change are tossed out in a July snap election, the head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party told Reuters.

Ukrainian gay couple hope Danish wedding will change mindsets at home

Jun 21 2019

KIEV Before Kiev celebrates Pride on Sunday, Roman Ivasiy and Anton Pozdnyakov want to speak publicly about their wedding in the hope it will help change hostile attitudes toward same-sex couples in Ukraine and give courage to those "struck dumb with fear".

HBO's 'Chernobyl' gets mixed reviews from disaster's survivors

Jun 19 2019

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, June 19 Critics and viewers on both sides of the Atlantic have lined up to acclaim 'Chernobyl', a dramatisation of events surrounding the world's worst nuclear accident - but the reactions of some of the survivors are less rose-tinted.

Chernobyl comes back to life in Ukrainian computer game

May 04 2019

KIEV A Ukrainian computer game that brings to life a town abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster may not sound like everyone's idea of fun but has attracted 60,000 people globally since its launch in October. | Video

Peace, honesty and cheap gas: Ukraine's new leader shoulders high expectations

Apr 24 2019

KIEV When the Ukrainian president played by actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy faces a corrupt parliament in his TV comedy, he fantasizes about blasting them all away with two submachine guns.

Ukrainian comedian gets serious with investors in bid for presidency

Apr 12 2019

KIEV In a popular TV series, a fictional Ukrainian president gets so drunk at a dinner with the head of the International Monetary Fund that he throws her into a swimming pool.

Comedian rips up the play book in Ukraine election success

Apr 05 2019

KIEV As a comedian, TV host and actor, Volodymyr Zelenskiy knows how to start a show with a bang. He proved that by beating all comers in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election. | Video

Comedian set to win first round of Ukraine presidential vote

Mar 27 2019

KIEV Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday's presidential election.

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