Eastern Europe


    • TV gigs comedian leads Ukraine's presidential race

      TV gigs comedian leads Ukraine's presidential race

      A comic actor with no political experience raced ahead in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election on 31 March, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Russia. The 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, held a comfortable lead over incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in a vote deemed largely free and fair by the national electoral commission.

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    • Ukrainians set to elect a comedian for next president

      Ukrainians set to elect a comedian for next president

      Today Ukrainian voters are set to cast their ballots for president. Despite non-stop Russian propaganda and fake news, a disaffected electorate, dirty tricks and slander among the candidates and a dueling oligarch-controlled media, Ukraine is poised to pull off a miracle that few will appreciate. That wonder is a democratic election whose outcome is not known in a country buffeted by a foreign-led war in its east, blockades of its seaports and the annexation of territory by a hostile power.

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    • Ukraine's president announces re-election bid

      Ukraine's president announces re-election bid

      Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced on Tuesday he will run for a second five-year term in March elections. The 53-year-old confectionary magnate and one of Ukraine’s richest men has steered the country on a pro-Western and pro-NATO course since coming to power in the aftermath of the 2014 Maidan protests and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, news wires reported.

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    • Ukraine seeks European court intervention against Russia

      Ukraine seeks European court intervention against Russia

      Ukraine wants the European Court of Human Rights to condemn as illegal Russia's recent capturing of the crews of several Ukrainian naval vessels, Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Ivan Lishchyna said on Monday. In a post on his Facebook page, Lishchyna announced the Ukrainian government filed a statement for the case with the Strasbourg-based court demanding the "the court to acknowledge the fact of the violation by the Russian Federation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian seamen during the illegal attack."

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    • Russia deploys fighter jets to Crimea

      Russia deploys fighter jets to Crimea

      Russia’s Ministry of Defence announced on Monday it was deploying more than 10 Sukhoi SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets to Crimea. The move follows Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's allegation Ukraine was preparing “a provocation” near Crimea before the end of the year, news wires reported.

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    • Ukraine establishes independent Orthodox church

      Ukraine establishes independent Orthodox church

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced the creation of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, marking a historic split from Russia. The newly formed community combines the current Kiev Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) and willing bishops from the Moscow Patriarchate and is expected to receive independence from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based institution considered the so-called "first among equals" of leaders of the world's Orthodox Churches.

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