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Zelenskiy's party in spotlight as Ukraine holds snap parliament election

11:12am IST

KIEV Ukrainians started to vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that could consolidate the power of new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and hand the novice politician a stronger mandate for driving change in the war-scarred nation.

Zelenskiy's second act: Ukraine leader set to win snap parliamentary election

18 Jul 2019

KIEV The party of Ukraine's new president looks set to win Sunday's snap parliamentary election, repeating Volodymyr Zelenskiy's shock victory in the April presidential race that has upended politics in the war-scarred nation.

Kremlin ally says prisoner swap could be soon if Ukraine serious

15 Jul 2019

KIEV Ukraine and Russia could swap prisoners within a matter of days, including filmmaker Oleg Sentsov whom Moscow jailed on terrorism charges, if Kiev shows the necessary political will, a close Kremlin ally in Ukraine said.

Open audition: Ukraine's comedian president invites citizens to run in July poll

12 Jul 2019

KIEV A comedian and entrepreneur, 29-year-old Roman Hryshchuk had only been in politics for a few weeks when he found himself in front of a semicircle of voters in a park in western Kiev, fielding questions from a testy audience.

Rock star seeks to upstage comedian president in Ukraine vote

09 Jul 2019

KIEV Standing on stage in a black t-shirt, Ukrainian rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk turns to his massed ranks of fans and asks if they are fed up about how their country is run. | Video

'New blood' in Ukraine parliament will ease reform path: Zelenskiy party chief

21 Jun 2019

KIEV Ukraine can pass reforms to make politicians more accountable and lift a ban on the sale of farmland after lawmakers hostile to change are tossed out in a July snap election, the head of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party told Reuters.

'Moldova is free' cheers new premier as rival steps aside

15 Jun 2019

CHISINAU Moldova's new prime minister Maia Sandu consolidated her power on Friday as her predecessor resigned, appearing to ease a crisis that shook the country for the past week as two rival governments jostled for control.

Moldovan parties agree to form government after months of deadlock

08 Jun 2019

CHISINAU/KIEV Moldovan parties on Saturday agreed to form a government and appoint Maia Sandu, a former education minister and World Bank adviser, as prime minister with a mandate to curb the power of oligarchs in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Factbox: New Ukraine president picks top reformist, men with oligarch ties

31 May 2019

KIEV Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed a mix of people to his core team, which includes a reformist former finance minister, men with ties to a controversial oligarch and people from his TV production company.

Factbox: New Ukraine president picks top reformist, men with oligarch ties

31 May 2019

KIEV Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has appointed a mix of people to his core team, which includes a reformist former finance minister, men with ties to a controversial oligarch and people from his TV production company.

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