After his landslide victory (73pc), Volodymyr Zelensky, 41, the new Ukraine president pledged on Monday to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists fighting Ukrainian forces in the east. Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister of Russia, which backs the separatists, said that if the new Ukraine president shows “sound judgement,” “honesty,” and “pragmatism,” then relations with Moscow can improve.
A political novice, Zelensky, a Jewish actor and comedian, who has also trained as a lawyer, was a familiar face to the Ukrainian electorate from a satirical TV series in which he starred as a character who accidentally becomes Ukrainian president. He told reporters on Monday: “I think that we will have personnel changes. In any case we will continue in the direction of the Minsk [peace] talks and head towards concluding a ceasefire.”
The defeated president, the chocolate billionaire Petro Poroshenko said he is not quitting the political scene because his successor is without political experience.