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FEATURING DAVID MARPLES – Ukrainians voted in elections and chose comedian and television star Volodymyr Zelensky as their new President. Zelensky’s landslide win over incumbent Petro Poroshenko is indicative of a mass dissatisfaction in Ukraine. In his concession speech Mr. Poroshenko said, “I personally and my entire team is ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the president in all his decisions that benefit Ukraine’s national interests.”

Zelensky is known for playing the role of President on television. But the newly elected leader, who has never before held office, will have to contend with a long list of contentious issues including dealing with Russian aggression on its border.

David Marples, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada, specializing in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.

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