Ukraine has entered a new political stage is not clear, Sunday, after the success of the comedian actor, Volodymyr Zelensky, who lacks political experience, to beat the current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The 41 year old win, which drew the results of the second round of Sunday’s presidential election, was a painful blow for Poroshenko, who sought to rally the Ukrainians about their country’s flag by presenting himself as a bulwark against “Russian aggression” and a champion of Ukrainian identity.
The results showed Zelensky winning 73 percent of the votes, compared with only 25 percent for Boroshenko.
Zelensky, who declared victory at his campaign headquarters, told his enthusiastic supporters not to disappoint the Ukrainian people.
“The president has not officially become president”, he said, adding “As a Ukrainian citizen, I can tell all the countries of the former Soviet Union to look at us… Everything is possible”.
In previous statements, Zelensky pledged to end the war in the eastern region of Donbas and eradicate corruption amid rising discontent over rising prices and falling living standards.
Zelensky’s victory marked a dramatic change in the political landscape of the country, where all those who took office since independence in 1991 were veteran politicians, including three who had previously served as prime minister.
The United States, the European Union and Russia will closely monitor Zelensky ‘s foreign policy statements to see if he will try to end the war against pro-Russian separatists, which has killed some 13,000 people.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Ukraine now had the opportunity to “reset relations and unite its people”.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also said in a speech to his supporters of his crushing defeat to Zelensky.
Poroshenko said he would leave office next month but made it clear he had no intention of quitting political life.
In his first remarks, Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his first task as president of Ukraine was to seek the release of Ukrainian prisoners captured during the conflict in the east of the country.
“We’ll continue negotiations until the end until a cease-fire is achieved”, he said.
“Our first task is to free our prisoners … I’ll do everything in my power to bring our sons home, all our families without exception”, he said.
“I’ve already said that Petro Poroshenko has offered me help, and if I need it, I will call him, why not?” he said.
It should be noted that the Ukrainian army is fighting separatists loyal to Russia in eastern Ukraine since 2014.
According to UN data, the war, which began nearly four years ago, killed more than 10,000 people.
The Crimea also broke away from Ukraine and was annexed by Russia in 2014, by referendum, prompting the European Union and the United States to impose sanctions on Moscow.