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.

Elections in Ukraine: Poroshenko arrives at his HQ

Incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives at his headquarters after the announcement of provisional results which put him in second place in the first round of the presidential election, trailing behind comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine: comedian Zelenksy to contest presidential run-off

Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky addresses journalists at his base in Kiev following the announcement of provisional results that place him as victor in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential election. IMAGES

Ukraine’s presidential elections: Frontrunner Zelensky votes

Frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky casts his vote in Ukraine’s presidential elections. Zelensky, a comedian whose political experience is limited to playing the president on TV, has been polling with more than 25 percent support in final surveys, well ahead of his nearest rivals incumbent Petro Poroshenko and ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. IMAGES