PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY: ONE YEAR ON

BBC: Zelensky's Ukraine: Why comic's dream of transformation may be over

Ukraine's president was elected with a mandate for change but key reformers have already been removed from his government

Jonah Fisher
Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:21

It's a year since Ukraine's best known comedian was sworn in as president.

Volodymyr Zelensky won by a landslide on the back of bold promises to reform the country and end the war of attrition in eastern Ukraine.

Neither of those has happened yet. But his first 12 months in the job have been eventful and, according to the latest polls, he remains remarkably popular.

Internationally, President Zelensky had a year to remember. He found himself at the centre of a scandal that led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Then there was a furore that followed Iran's shooting down of a Ukrainian plane.

At home he's won praise for prisoner swaps that have brought home high-profile Ukrainians who were being held in Russian jails.

Covid-19 has so far been kept under control, perhaps due to a very early decision to lock down.

But in the past few months there's been a very definite shift in emphasis.

The reformers that accompanied him into power have been pushed out, amid claims that the idea of really shaking things up is over.

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