Ukrain: celebrations at Zelensky’s HQ after victory announcement

Volodymyr Zelensky and members of his campaign team celebrate at their party’s headquarters after exit polls showed he won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday, trouncing incumbent Petro Poroshenko. IMAGES

Zelensky and Poroshenko vote in Ukrainian presidential election

Ukrainian candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko cast their ballot in the second round of the country’s presidential election. Forty-one-year-old Volodymyr Zelensky’s bid to lead the country of 45 million people was initially dismissed as a joke when he announced his candidacy on New Year’s Eve. But now all opinion polls suggest incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is heading for defeat amid widespread anger over poverty, corruption and war.

Petro Poroshenko casts ballot in Ukrainian election runoff

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko casts his ballot in the second round of the presidential election. All opinion polls suggest Poroshenko is heading for defeat amid widespread anger over poverty, corruption and war. IMAGES of Poroshenko voting

Poroshenko and Zelensky arrive for presidential debate

Ukrainian presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky arrive at Kiev’s Olympic stadium for a debate ahead of the presidential runoff. Some 60,000 spectators are expected to attend the first and only policy head-to-head of the campaign. IMAGES of the candidates arriving at the stadium

Macron meets Ukrainian counterpart Poroshenko

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko at the Elysee Palace in Paris, hours after meeting Ukrainian comedian and opposition candidate Volodymyr Zelensky, with both seeking international backing nine days before the run-off in a high-stakes vote. IMAGES

Ukraine’s vote rivals take drug tests in growing media spectacle

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and comedian Volodymyr Zelensky take drug tests ahead of their election runoff as the ex-Soviet country’s presidential race becomes increasingly sensational.

Ukrainians express uncertainty after initial presidential result

Ukrainians in Kiev react after comedian Volodymyr Zelensky topped the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election with almost twice the vote share of his nearest rival, incumbent Petro Poroshenko, according to partial results. Zelensky’s political experience had been limited to playing the president in a TV show when he announced his long-shot candidacy at the start of the year.