(PRI) Life will imitate art as Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian who played president on TV, is set to become Ukraine’s president in real life next month. Zelenskiy was elected in a landslide victory in Sunday’s run-off election, garnering more than 70% of the vote against incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. […]
Volodymyr Dubovyk, director for the Center of International Studies at Odessa Mechnikov University in Ukraine, spoke with The World about the impact of Zelenskiy’s win.
“It depends on how you look at his success,” Dubovyk said. “If you look at him absolutely unprepared, incompetent, having no clue as to what it requires, what it takes to run the country, then I don’t think it’s going to be really encouraging or inspiring to anyone in the post-Soviet space.” […]
“You’re right indeed, Marco, it’s a core question. We are in war with Russia. You can go into definitions and try to call it properly, but it is a war de facto. It’s ongoing conflict — it’s not even a frozen one. People are actually dying every day and there is shelling and there is mortar fire and stuff like that. So it’s an open wound and I don’t think that Zelenskiy has anything in the works or in his plans that will provide for a substantial change on the ground. […]
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