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Populist TV star Zelensky wins by landslide in Ukraine

Ukraine: TV Star Zelensky Wins in Landslide – Will He Change Relations with Russia?

22 April, 2019
April 21st in Ukraine marks the second round of the presidential election (the timeline of the first round can be found here).
The ballot papers contain two names – the current president, Petro Poroshenko, who won 15.95% of votes in the first round, and the founder of “Quarter 95”, the showman Volodymyr Zelensky, who was supported on March 31st by 30.24% of those who voted.
On April 19th there was a debate between the two candidates at the “Olympic” stadium, which ended in a complete defeat for the president .
The day before the debate, pre-election sociology recorded a serious gap: 73% for Zelensky versus 27% for Poroshenko. Concerning how much the debate will affect these figures, we will find out today.

LANDSLIDE: A triumphant TV star Volodymyr Zelensky routes the US-backed incumbent, puppet Petro Poroshenko.
All timestamps are in local time…
01:22 Voter turnout in the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine as at 20:00 on Sunday was 62.07% according to all 199 constituencies in Ukraine. This was reported on the scoreboard at the Central Election Commission.
The highest turnout in Ukraine was recorded in the Lvov region, where, according to preliminary data, the current president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is leading (67.34%). In second place is Kiev (65.86%). Third place belongs to the Dnepropetrovsk region (65.82%).
The lowest turnout was recorded in the Transcarpathian region (46.38) and in the Chernovtsi region (54.09%).
23:40 After the presidential election in Ukraine took place, a real reset of the “national agenda”can be carried out. This was reported by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova.
“With the understanding of the entire world behind the scenes, I’ll still say: Ukraine can reboot. Not in the sense of redistributing cash flows from one pocket to another. A real one, based on the awareness of the need to consolidate the people not on the basis of force, but on the basis of the development of a national agenda. So that next time it won’t be necessary, as it is now, to disconnect millions of its own citizens from the ballot,” she noted.
23:00 The US Embassy in Ukraine, after the announcement of the results of exit polls, according to which Zelensky won over 70% of the vote in the presidential election, has already congratulated him on his victory. This was stated in the message of the embassy on Twitter.
21:20 Zelensky’s headquarters reported that Petro Poroshenko just called him and congratulated him on his victory.
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Zelensky was asked: “Have you decided where you will live and work?”
“Yes, we do not want to work in the current administration. I must first get there. This place should be open. We also want to reduce the presidential administration. I do not want traffic jams in Kiev. Therefore, I want to find such a place in Kiev or near Kiev, so that there are no motorcades (the security is now looking at me sternly,” Zelensky replied.
Another question: “Who will be in the “95th quarter” in your place? How do you feel about joking about yourself?”
Answer of Zelensky: “We live with you in a free democratic country. In jokes we understand what the problem is. Who will be with me – I don’t know. And can I appear sometimes? (Laughs) This is a joke. I will be in the hall, only in the hall. In general, we have a lot of talented guys. I think someone will be there.”
The question to Zelensky: “How will you build relations with Russia?”
Answer of Zelensky: “In any case, in the Normandy format. In any case, the Minsk process – we will restart it. I think we will have personnel replacements. This will be the Minsk format, we will go to the end in order to have a cease fire so our guys return alive. Our task is also to return the military personnel, all the prisoners of war. The first task is to return our sailors. I still do not have the status of a president. But I’ve talked to the mothers of our sailors, and I’ll do anything to bring them home. This is a priority issue not only for me, but I think for every Ukrainian.”
A question to Zelensky: “What have you done and will you do first of all for people who are in the ‘occupied’ part of Donbass?”
Answer of Zelensky: “Thank you for your question. I now want to appeal to all journalists. We invite you in the near future – we will make a big information war to stop the war in Donbass. We’ll talk with you for half an hour and not an hour. We invite every Ukrainian journalist and blogger. In the near future. We have a plan. We need your help … Throughout the campaign, we had meetings and concerts. We wanted to come to Mariupol, but we were not allowed there. I think we will soon arrive to people”.
A question to Zelensky: “You scored few votes in Western Ukraine. How will you establish contact?”
Answer of Zelensky: “I will come to Lvov. For me there is no difference – Lvov, Dnepr, Poltava or Krivoy Rog – for me, they are all Ukrainians. I will definitely come and talk. There are some questions … We are for the law about the Ukrainian language. I think there are some questions. As a guarantor, I have to defend the Ukrainian language and will do.”
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