Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Why Vladimir Putin might worry about Ukraine’s president-elect


A landslide victory on the scale of Ukraine’s president-elect, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is the kind of electoral result you might expect from his larger, autocratic neighbour to the east.

But there are no question marks over the legitimacy of this vote or the strength of the democratic mandate it gives Ukraine’s new leader.

This was a cry from the gut of the Ukrainian people that they are fed up with what’s gone before. It is as much an expression of rage as it is an endorsement.

Between media appearances at campaign HQ, Mr Zelenskiy recorded a video message for distribution on social media.

His Facebook and Insta-driven campaign looks set to continue in his presidency.

“I would like to thank all of you for these four months. It was very responsible work, the work you did. It wasn’t just me, we did it together. And the main thing is that we united Ukraine, our lives, our nation.”

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