Polls indicate that Ukrainians favor comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who becomes president in his TV series, although not enough for him to win today’s first round of presidential elections. He’s among 38 challengers to incumbent Petro Poroshenko, who’s polling similarly to ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the race for runner-up and a spot in the April 21 runoff.
What’s at stake? Zelenskiy promises to fight corruption, and like Poroshenko, to strengthen European Union bonds and confront Russia’s Crimea annexation and support for separatists fighting in the eastern Donbas region.
Don’t miss today’s election analysis by OZY’s man in Kiev.