New Ukraine president to “reboot” peace talks with Russian-backed separatists

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.

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3 thoughts on “New Ukraine president to “reboot” peace talks with Russian-backed separatists

  • Apr 23, 2019 @ 14:30 at 14:30
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    Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political sovereignty were violated in 2014 when Russian troops invaded and illegally seized Crimea, which remains under Russian occupation. War-fighting continues daily in eastern Ukraine. The peace of Europe was deliberately undone by Vladimir Putin, the KGB man in the Kremlin, Russia’s president-in-perpetuity and one of the world’s richest men (not bad on a secret policeman’s pension). Until Moscow withdraws it troops from Ukraine there will be no peace. Godspeed to President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky as he works to defend Ukraine from the Russian aggressors and their minions.

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    • Apr 24, 2019 @ 10:53 at 10:53
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      You needn’t be a Russian apologist in order to recognize the West employed and installed literal neo-nazis – by violent coup. Crimea voted to secede – under duress, yes, but moreso from Washington than Moscow. Immediately Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko started bombing Eastern Ukraine, including civilians. Nothing knew for Washington. What propaganda outlets do you watch?

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  • Apr 23, 2019 @ 23:10 at 23:10
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    I’ m sure Vladimir Putin is smirking behind his hands at having to deal with this “Comedian”.
    This is not an insult or satire for he is indeed a professional Comedian.

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