Ukraine elections - updates

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Ukraine's Zelensky under fire over top appointment

May 22, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky issues a decree choosing as his top aide Andriy Bogdan, until now a personal lawyer of tycoon Igor Kolomoisky

CONTROVERSIAL APPOINTMENT. In this file photo, Ukrainian comedian and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at his campaign headquarters prior to the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine's presidential election, Kiev, April 21, 2019. File photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine comedian Zelensky wins presidency in landslide

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:43 AM

(UPDATED) Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show, trounces incumbent Petro Poroshenko by taking 73.2%of the vote, according to nearly complete official results released on April 22

Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at his campaign headquarters prior to the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine's presidential election, Kiev, April 21, 2019.  Genya SAVILOV / AFP

Comedian, president in stadium debate ahead of Ukraine election

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The debate, set to take place in Kiev's 70,000-seater Olympic Stadium Friday evening, will be the first and only policy head-to-head of the campaign between Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko

DEBATE. This combination of files pictures made on March 31, 2019 shows portraits of presidential candidates: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) taken on November 3, 2018 and Ukrainian comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky taken on March 6, 2019. Photos by Kayhan Ozer and Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Appeals for restraint as Ukraine's presidential race turns nasty

Apr 13, 2019 - 11:40 PM

After the first round of voting, the gloves have come off, with President Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky trading barbs and sparring bitterly on television

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. Presidential candidates Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) and comic actor and showman Volodymyr Zelensky. Photos by Sergei Supinsky and Kayhan Ozer/AFP

Ukraine comedian Zelensky to meet Macron before presidential run-off

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only political experience is playing the president in a TV show, is due to meet Macron at the Elysee palace

ZELENSKY. Ukrainian comic actor, showman and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky surrounded by cameramen and photographers plays table tennis with a journalist at the headquarters in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

No joke – comedian Zelensky sets course for Ukraine presidency

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Volodymyr Zelenky's political experience is limited to playing the president in a TV show but he leapfrogs establishment candidates amid public frustration over corruption and a stalling economy

ZELENSKY ON COURSE. Ukrainian comic actor and presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky plays table tennis with a journalist ahead of the provisional results at the headquarter in Kiev on March 31, 2019. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Ukraine's Poroshenko vows to beat comedian rival as campaign closes

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has sought to position himself as the only candidate who can stand up to Moscow as he seeks to beat back support for poll-leader Volodymyr Zelensky

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. This combination of pictures show the 3 frontrunners in Ukraine's presidential election: comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Photos by Petras Malukas and SergeiSupinsky/AFP

Ukraine bans Russians from monitoring elections

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Kiev, fighting a Moscow-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine, says it suspects Russia of planning to interfere in the election

RUSSIA BAN. Ukrainian lawmakers applaud as they react after the voting in the parliament in Kiev on February 7, 2019. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Exiled Yanukovych slams Poroshenko ahead of Ukraine vote

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych warns that Petro Poroshenko winning a second term in office would have 'unpredictable consequences' for Ukraine

Novelist Paulo Coelho denies endorsing Ukraine's ex-PM Tymoshenko

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'I never recorded any message supporting her current candidacy,' says the writer

Ukraine separatists hold elections in defiance of capital Kiev

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The election can be traced to 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and supported the outbreak of an insurgency in eastern Ukraine in what Kiev sees as punishment for its pivot to the West

SUPPORT RALLY. People stand with flags as they wait for Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, during his campaign meeting and a concert in Donetsk on November 9, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Filippo/AFP

Hackers target Ukraine's election website

Oct 26, 2014 - 8:27 AM

Officials deny reports the vote counting system has been put out of action

DECISION DAY. A member of the Ukrainian electoral commission carries a ballot box in front of the polling cabins during preparations for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine, 25 October 2014. File photo by EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich

Air strikes and gun battles at airport now Ukraine's frontline

May 26, 2014 - 11:29 PM

All flights are halted out of the airport which was evacuated and sealed off after gunmen claiming to be from the self declared Donetsk People s Republic showed up overnight demanding that Ukrainian troops guarding the perimeter be withdrawn

CONFRONTATION. Black smoke billows from Donetsk international airport, seen behind a cemetery, during heavy gun battle between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. The fierce confrontation erupted after Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko, who claimed victory in Sunday's crucial presidential election, vowed to press on with an offensive against pro-Russian separatists waging a bloody insurgency across the east. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Battle for key Ukraine airport as future leader vows 'no Somalia'

May 26, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Scores of gunmen storm the airport in an apparent show of defiance against Poroshenko the Ukrainian oligarch who claimed a resounding victory in Ukraine s presidential election

CONFLICT. Pro-Western businessman Petro Poroshenko, who wants a dialogue with Russia, has won Ukraine's presidential election with a simple majority in the first round. Scores of gunmen storm the airport on May 26 in an apparent show of defiance against Poroshenko. Robert Ghement/EPA

Ukrainians in Russia stay away from polls

May 25, 2014 - 10:54 PM

A total of 26 997 Ukrainians are registered at the Ukrainian consulate which is a only a small fraction of the estimated 1 6 million Ukrainians living in Russia

Tense Ukraine picks president amid bloodshed

May 25, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Insurgents have threatened to block voting in their strongholds in the rust belt on the Russian border

Putin vows to respect Ukraine vote

May 24, 2014 - 12:15 PM

We will treat [Ukraine s] choice with respect said Russian President Vladimir Putin

'RESPECT UKRAINE.' Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (not pictured) on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St.Petersburg, Russia 23 May 2014. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/EPA/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool

'Darth Vader' runs for president of Ukraine

Mar 30, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Can the Sith Lord make an empire out of a republic?

DARTH VADER FOR PRESIDENT? A Ukrainian wearing a Darth Vader costume, in November 2011, demanded a plot of land on which to park his spaceship. Photo by STR/Agence France-Presse