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Presidencial Election in Ukraine
18 | June | 2019

After winning the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine with 30 percent of votes, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old comedian and sitcom star, defeated the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, in the runoff of April 21, after a campaing marked by na anti-corruption discourse.

 

 


Resources | Opinions & Analysis | Editorials | News
 

 

 

Resources
World-Low 9% of Ukrainians Confident in Government [21/03/2019]
Zach Bikus, Gallup

Q&A What Is at Stake in Ukraine’s Election? [21/03/2019]
Balázs Jarábik, Gwendolyn Sasse, Thomas de Waal, Konstantin Skorkin, Alexander Baunov, CEIP

 

Opinions & Analysis
Taking Stock of Zelenskiy’s Presidency [18/06/2019]
Gwendolyn Sasse, Carnegie Europe

Zelenskiy’s Presidency Is a Chance for Europe [29/05/2019]
Maksym Bugriy, Carnegie Europe

Zelenskiy vs. the Parties: Ukraine Prepares for Parliamentary Elections [24/05/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Carnegie Moscow Center

Far from a pro-Russian dove, Volodymyr Zelensky enters office a Russia hawk [24/05/2019]
Lincoln Pigman, Foreign Policy Centre

A post-nationalist Ukraine? [11/05/2019]
Andrew Sorokowski, The Ukrainian Weekly

Brotherly Ukraine Answers Back [07/05/2019]
Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Europe

Zelenskiy, the Post-Soviet Man [06/05/2019]
Peter Pomerantsev, The American Interest

Why We Can't Get Enough of Ukraine [06/05/2019]
Francis Fukuyama, Atlantic Council

Ukraine made a comedian its president. Here’s what US media can learn [03/05/2019]
Nina Jankowicz, CJR

Ukraine’s Presidential Election Was, among Other Things, a Rebuke to Moscow [03/05/2019]
George Weigel, National Review

Ukraine’s politics of the absurd [03/05/2019]
Frederick Studemann, Financial Times

What Does Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s Victory Say About Ukraine? [02/05/2019]
Orysia Lutsevych & Sergiy Gerasymchuk, Chatham House

Ukraine’s new president and Russian relations [02/05/2019]
Stefan Karlo Rajic, The Strategist

Time for Ukraine to Compete with Russia [02/05/2019]
Grigory Frolov, Atlantic Council

Ukraine’s politics of the absurd [02/05/2019]
Frederick Studemann, Financial Times

Ukraine elected a president who is a comedian – but he’s much more than that [02/05/2019]
Borys Gengalo, The Globe and Mail

Ukraine Sends in the Clown [30/04/2019]
Nina Khrushcheva, Project Syndicate

“Ze” support. What do the final presidential election results in Ukraine reveal? [29/04/2019]
Ruslan Kermach, New Eastern Europe

Zelenskiy's Gambit [29/04/2019]
Edward Lucas, CEPA

Russia was too quick to celebrate Zelensky's victory in Ukraine [26/04/2019]
Roman Dobrokhotov, Al Jazeera

Ukraine’s presidential elections: Winners, losers, observations [26/04/2019]
Orest Deychakiwsky, The Ukrainian Weekly

Will Europe Help Zelenskiy Change Ukraine? [25/04/2019]
Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Ukraine’s new president just won the first ever successful virtual campaign [25/04/2019]
Adrian Karatnycky, Politico

Zelenskiy’s populism 2.0. What it means for Ukraine [24/04/2019]
Volodymyr Yermolenko, New Eastern Europe

Ukraine's New Leader Must Set Clear Priorities [23/04/2019]
Carl Bildt, The Washington Post

Petro Poroshenko's Nationalism Cost Him the Presidency [23/04/2019]
Nicolai N. Petro, The National Interest

Russia Undecided and Apprehensive About Elections in Ukraine [23/04/2019]
Pavel K. Baev, Eurasia Daily Monitor

Victory for Zelensky in Ukraine—But the Real Battle Starts Now [23/04/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Carnegie Moscow Center

A New President in Ukraine [22/04/2019]
Nataliya Bugayova, ISW

What’s Next: After The Ukrainian Elections? [22/04/2019]
Donald N. Jensen & Brian Whitmore, CEPA

Ukraine’s Pretend President Now Faces a Real Test [22/04/2019]
Alexander J. Motyl, Freign Policy

Putin’s big Ukraine win [21/04/2019]
Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico

The Mystery of Vladimir Zelenksy [19/04/2019]
Iryna Solonenko, Berlin Policy Journal

Ukraine’s election shows democracy is thriving despite post-Maidan challenges [19/04/2019]
Stefan Jajecznyk, New Eastern Europe

How the West Helped Put a Comedian in Reach of Ukraine’s Presidency [18/04/2019]
Mary Mycio, Atlantic Council

Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s second act [18/04/2019]
Balázs Jarábik, Politico

Don't Believe the Hype. Presidential Elections Aren't What Matters in Ukraine [18/04/2019]
Melinda Haring, Atlantic Council

Ukraine’s Election Is an All-Out Disinformation Battle [17/04/2019]
Nina Jankowicz, The Atlantic

Three Predictions for Ukraine’s Presidential Run-off [16/04/2019]
Brian Mefford, Atlantic Council

Comedian and Presidential Contender to Challenge Ukraine's Kickback Culture [15/04/2019]
Adam Barsouk, National Interest

Ukraine’s stalled transformation: A concerning context for the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections [09/04/2019]
Arkady Moshes & Ryhor Nizhnikau, FIIA

Why ethnopolitics doesn't work in Ukraine [09/04/2019]
Leonid Ragozin, Al Jazeera

The Week In Russia: The Long Ballot Next Door [05/04/2019]
Steve Gutterman, RFE

Ukrainians are trying to figure out where the sitcom stops and the election begins [05/04/2019]
Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

Ukraine Elections Enter a Second Round. What to Expect [04/04/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Moscow Times

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky may have played Ukraine’s president on TV – but could he really run the country? [04/04/2019]
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent

Ucrania vota enfado [04/04/2019]
Carmen Claudín, CIDOB

¿Caras nuevas en la política ucraniana? [02/04/2019]
Ruth Ferrero Turrión, Política Exterior

Ukrainian Candidates Set to Haggle Ahead of Presidential Runoff [02/04/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Carnegie Moscow

Why Ukrainians want to elect a comedian as president [31/03/2019]
Katya Gorchinskaya, Al Jazeera

Ukraine election: What would a comic president mean? [31/03/2019]
Jonah Fisher, BBC News

To friends of free, European and battling Ukraine [30/03/2019]
Bernard-Henri Lévy, Kyiv Post

These Populists Aren’t Like the Others [29/03/2019]
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

In presidential vote, Ukraine looks east [28/03/2019]
Vijai Maheshwari, Politico

Want to know what’s next in Russian election interference? Pay attention to Ukraine’s elections [28/03/2019]
Alina Polyakova, Brookings

Ukraine Elections: Why Should the EU (and Italy) Care? [28/03/2019]
Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti & Kateryna Zarembo, ISPI

Time to Play Hardball on Reforming Ukraine's Security Service [28/03/2019]
Oleksandra Ustinova & Steven Pifer, Atlantic Council

Making Sense of Ukraine’s Complicated, Highly Competitive Presidential Campaign [28/03/2019]
Mikhail Minakov, Carnegie Moscow Center

The Kremlin’s Top Eight Lies about Ukraine’s Presidential Race [28/03/2019]
Tetyana Matychak, Atlantic Council

A View from Moscow on Ukraine's Presidential Vote [28/03/2019]
Ekaterina Chimiris, RIAC

The Battle for Ukraine's Presidency is Just Beginning [27/03/2019]
Caroline Caywood, National Interest

Ukraine's Civil Society on the Eve of the Election: How Different This Time? [27/03/2019]
Kateryna Pishchikova, ISPI

The Domestic and Regional Stakes of Ukraine's Elections [27/03/2019]
Kateryna Zarembo, ISPI

Ukcraine Election Bodes Ill for Corruption Fight, and for Kiev’s Ties to West [26/03/2019]
Tony Barber, Russia Matters

A Ukrainian Oligarch Waits in the Wings [26/03/2019]
Adrian Karatnycky, The American Interest

Ukraine’s Glass is Half-Full—Giving Up on it Would Be a Terrible Mistake [25/03/2019]
Nicolas Bouchet, German Marshall Fund

Why Ukraine Might Make a TV Actor Its President [25/03/2019]
Stephen Sestanovich, CFR

Stakes and Outlook for the Ukrainian presidential election [25/03/2019]
Iris Muraz, Fondation Robert Schuman

Election or earthquake? [25/03/2019]
Bohdan Nahaylo, Kyiv Post

What to Expect from Ukraine’s Completely Unpredictable Presidential Election [24/03/2019]
Brian Mefford, Atlantic Council

The Real Russian Candidate in Ukraine’s Presidential Race [24/03/2019]
Anders Åslund, Atlantic Council

Why Ukraine’s Reformers Back a Comedian for President [22/03/2019]
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Removed From Russian Influence, Ukraine Election Is Unpredictable on Its Own Terms [20/03/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Moscow Times

Ukraine Needs Political Support, Not War [15/03/2019]
Peter Eltsov, National Interest

War and Peace in Ukraine’s Presidential Race [14/03/2019]
Mykhailo Minakov, Wilson Center

How Petro Poroshenko Became Ukraine’s Top Patriot [12/03/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Carnegie Moscow Center

Ukraine presidential election: young comedian leads polls, but country’s dangerous divisions are no joke [12/03/2019]
Stefan Wolff & Tatyana Malyarenko, The Conversation

Russia Set to Gain Ground in Ukrainian Elections [12/03/2019]
Andrea Snyder, Institute for the Study of War

El experimento de confianza de Ucrania [08/03/2019]
Joanna Hosa, ES Global

Why the West loves Poroshenko again [08/03/2019]
Adrian Karatnycky, Politico

Ukraine: What Comes After the Presidential Election? [07/03/2019]
Gwendolyn Sasse, Carnegie Europe

Why Do So Few Presidential Candidates Support NATO and EU Membership? [04/03/2019]
Taras Kuzio, Atlantic Council

Why Poroshenko Doesn’t Deserve a Second Term [28/02/2019]
Diane Francis, Atlantic Council

Combating Corruption in Ukraine: The Candidates’ Remedies [26/02/2019]
Kateryna Odarchenko, Wilson Center

Kremlin-Linked Forces in Ukraine’s 2019 Elections: On the Brink of Revenge? [19/02/2019]
Vladislav Inozemtsev, IFRI

Russia and Ukraine: A Destructive Codependency [18/02/2019]
Gleb Pavlovsky, Moscow Times

Five Years (Is/Is Not)* A Long Time In Ukrainian Politics (*Delete As Applicable) [14/02/2019]
Ian Bond, CER

You Only Wish You Had Ukraine’s Democracy [10/02/2019]
Paul Hockenos, Foreign Policy

Putin’s Game Plan in Ukraine [07/02/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Foreign Affairs

Ukrainian Society Ahead of the Elections [07/02/2019]
Gwendolyn Sasse, Carnegie Europe

With West Tilting to Poroshenko, Fair Vote Could Be in Question [05/02/2019]
Timothy Garton Ash, Kyiv Post

How a Comedian Will Change Ukraine’s Election [28/01/2019]
Konstantin Skorkin, Carnegie Moscow Center

Ukraine’s Presidential Race Will Be Fun [24/01/2019]
Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Losing the Plot—Ukraine’s Opposition Seeks a Strategy [28/11/2018]
Konstantin Skorkin, Carnegie Moscow Center 

 

Editorials
After the presidential election [26/04/2019]
The Ukrainian Weekly

Non-fictional President [24/04/2019]
The Statesman

Breaking the system [24/04/2019]
Irish Times

The comic prince of Kiev prepares for prime time [24/04/2019]
Financial Times

Ukraine elects Volodymyr Zelensky, TV star and political neophyte [22/04/2019]
The Economist

Zelensky will struggle to find the funny in Ukraine’s geographical and political realities [22/04/2019]
The Independent

A TV Character Running for President? Crazy! [17/04/2019]
New York Times

Ukraine’s fresh-faced Zelensky has some big drawbacks [16/04/2019]
Financial Times

Ukraine’s election: a comic’s turn [01/04/2019]
Irish Times

Ukraine: une démocratie imparfaite mais précieuse [29/03/2019]
Le Monde

Free & fair election… [29/03/2019]
Kyiv Post

Ukraine’s presidential election takes a comic turn [27/03/2019]
Financial Times

The Main Tasks of the Next President [04/02/2019]
Vox Ukraine

 

News
Ukrainian Parliament Rejects Prime Minister’s Resignation [30/05/2019]
Reuters

Ukraine Ruling Coalition Breaks Up in Setback for Incoming President [17/05/2019]
Natalia Zinets & Pavel Polityuk, Reuters

Poroshenko warns against ‘revenge’ of oligarch forces [15/05/2019]
David M. Herszenhorn, Politico

Stopping Zelensky. What stands behind dismissal of Constitutional Court chief [08/05/2019]
UNIAN

Zelensky playing on Putin’s fears Ukraine could be an alternative Russia, Kirillova says [08/05/2019]
Paul Goble, Stopfake 

Zelensky's adviser Danyliuk doesn't rule out inauguration in June [08/05/2019]
The UNIAN

Zelensky meets EU's Hahn in Kyiv [07/05/2019]
The UNIAN

Ukraine’s new president Zelensky woos EU with reform pledge [06/05/2019]
Financial Times

Ukrainian presidential election results published [03/05/2019]
UkrInform 

Zelenskiy: Relations Between Moscow, Kyiv Far From 'Brotherly' [03/05/2019]
RFE

It's Official: Zelenskiy Declared Winner Of Presidential Election In Ukraine [30/04/2019]
RFE

'Don't Waste Your Time,' Zelenskiy Tells Putin After Citizenship Offer To Ukrainians [28/04/2019]
RFE

Ukraine’s Election Is a Mess—and That’s Exactly What Putin Wants [29/04/2019]
Justin Lynch, Foreign Policy

Putin wants to know Ukraine president-elect's position on Eastern Ukraine [27/04/2019]
Reuters

Ukraine’s Jews welcome election of Zelensky [26/04/2019]
Roman Olearchyk, Financial Times

Five challenges for Ukraine's new president [24/04/2019]
Marc Jones & Tom Arnold, Reuters

EU steadfast in support for Ukraine, EU's Tusk tells new Ukraine leader [23/04/2019]
Reuters

EU steadfast in support for Ukraine, EU's Tusk tells new Ukraine leader [23/04/2019]
Reuters

Comedian Zelenskiy wins Ukrainian presidency in landslide: exit poll [22/04/2019]
David Stern, Politico

What's next for Ukraine under comic-turned-president? [22/04/2019]
Tamila Varshalomidze, Al Jazeera

The 6 wackiest moments from Ukraine’s presidential race [20/04/2019]
Christopher Miller, Politico 

Fresh Poll Shows Zelenskiy Maintains Large Lead Over Poroshenko In Ukraine Vote [18/04/2019]
RFE

Ukraine Turns to a Comedian for Comfort [18/04/2019]
Christian Esch, Der Spiegel              

Putin wants ‘normal’ Ukraine after election, says Kremlin ally [17/04/2019]
Max Seddon &Roman Olearchyk, Financial Times

Ukraine’s green oligarchs [15/04/2019]
Katya Gorchinskaya, Politico

Questionable Russian-owned company caught up in Ukrainian nuclear reactor deal [12/04/2019]
Bellona

Ukraine's Presidential Race Takes A Turn For The Nurse [05/04/2019]
Christopher Miller, RFE

Tymoshenko Claims Election 'Falsified' But Won't Challenge Result [02/04/2019]
RFE

Tymoshenko challenges exit poll results that show her defeat [01/04/2019]
Oksan Grytsenko, Kyiv Post

Poroshenko says election was free, met global standards [31/03/2019]
Reuters

Ukraine's President Poroshenko Praises Anti-Russia Sentiment In Election Victory [31/03/2019]
Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes

Zelensky to face Poroshenko in Ukraine runoff: exit polls [31/03/2019]
Tamila Varshalomidze, Al Jazeera

Ukraine Presidential Election 2019: Polls, Candi and Issues As Zelenskiy, Tymoshenko and Poroshenko Face Off [30/03/2019]
Cristina Maza, Newsweek

How To Watch (And Understand) Ukraine's Presidential Election [29/03/2019]
Christopher Miller, RFE

Russia Enjoys the Show in Tight Ukrainian Election [29/03/2019]
Evan Gershkovich, Moscow Times          

Ukrainian poll favourite Volodymyr Zelensky taps into public anger [29/03/2019]
Ben Hall & Roman Olearchyk, Financial Times

Ukraine’s unenviable choice [29/03/2019]
Matthew Karnitschnig, Politico

In Ukraine’s presidential election, one big issue: corruption [29/03/2019]
Lydia Tomkiw, CS Monitor

Ukraine Goes to the Polls on Sunday. Can Its Next President End the Frozen War With Russia? [29/03/2019]
Madeline Roache, Time

Ukraine’s ultranationalists have no presidential candidate. But they’re still at the polls [28/03/2019]
Fabrice Deprez, Global Post

Ukraine: la fraude plane sur les élections [28/03/2019]
Stéphane Siohan, Le Figaro

The Fall and Troubled Rise of a Ukrainian Populist [28/03/2019]
Ian Bateson, The Atlantic

Joker in the pack: A comedian could be about to win Ukraine's presidential election [26/03/2019]
Holly Ellyatt, CNBC

Russia vs. Ukraine Conflict: Kiev’s Pro-Western President Slaps New Sanctions on Hundreds of Russians Ahead of Elections [20/03/2019]
Cristina Maza, Newsweek

Poroshenko promises to regain Crimea – after election [18/03/2019]
Bermet Talant, Kiyv Post

Leading Ukraine Candidate Fights 'Fakes With Fakes' As Facebook Tests New Political Ad Rules [18/03/2019]
Christopher Miller, RFE

Ukraine election: Funny business at the polls [24/02/2019]
BBC

Ukraine security service accuses Russia of meddling in election [21/02/2019]
Reuters

From tragedy to farce: Ukraine heads to the polls [10/02/2019]
Oliver Carroll, The Independent

Comediante lidera pesquisa eleitoral para presidente da Ucrânia [08/02/2019]
Folha de São Paulo

Ukraine: 44 candidats pour la présidentielle [08/02/2019]
Le Figaro

L'Ukraine interdit les observateurs russes pour sa présidentielle [07/02/2019]
Le Figaro

Russia and Ukraine in 2019: More conflict ahead? [24/12/2018]
Roman Goncharenko, DW

Ukrainian Presidential Election Set For March 31, 2019 [28/11/2018]
RFE

 

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