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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky A look at Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, central to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump There may be a nagging curiosity who Volodymyr Zelensky (pronounced woloˈdɪmɪr zeˈlɛnsʲkɪj)is, in wake of the Ukraine whistle blower

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

A look at Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, central to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump

There may be a nagging curiosity who Volodymyr Zelensky (pronounced woloˈdɪmɪr zeˈlɛnsʲkɪj)is, in wake of the Ukraine whistle blower scandal and why he has any bearing on a US presidential election.

To put it in context, the freeze of US fiscal aid to Ukraine matters politically because the nation was formerly a province of the old Soviet Union and now is in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, including Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Ukraine and many nations around the world, including the US, condemned the annexation and consider it to be a violation of international law and Russian-signed agreements safeguarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The safeguards included the Belavezha Accords establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States in 1991, the Helsinki Accords, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances of 1994; and the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

With Ukraine emerging as a Democratic ally, breaking ranks with a Communist superpower, the nation benefits from aid by the US, which places the withholding of aid, already approved by Congress in the dimmest of light in lieu of the want of an investigation by President Trump into perceived impropriety by Hunter Biden, son of leading Democrat rival Joe Biden.

The appearance of extortion and bribery of another nation, dangling million in aid before the president of that nation — a searing breach of the rule of law — is what prompted Congress to move ahead with an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

President Zelensky, 41, was born Jan. 25, 1978. Ironically, Zelensky the 6th president of Ukraine , inaugurated in May 2019, dabbled in the entertainment industry like his US counterpart. Previously, Zelensky was an actor, screenwriter, comedian, and director.

Prior to his political career, obtained a degree in law and created a production company, Kvartal 95, which produces films, cartoons, and TV comedy shows. Kvartal 95 created a television series called Servant of the People, in which Zelensky played the role of president of Ukraine. The series aired from 2015 to 2019. A namesake political party bearing the same name as the television show was created in March 2018 by employees of Kvartal 95.

Zelensky announced his candidacy for the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 2018. Six months before Zelensky announced his candidacy, he was already one of the frontrunners in opinion polls for the election, which he won the by landslide with 73.22 percent of the vote in the second round, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko.

Democratically elected president

The president of Ukraine is the Ukrainian head of state, representing the nation in international relations, administers the foreign political activity of the state, conducts negotiations and concludes international treaties. The president is directly elected by the citizens of Ukraine for a five-year term of office, limited to two terms consecutively.

Since the office’s establishment onJuly 5 1991, there have been five presidents of Ukraine. Leonid Kravchuk was the inaugural president, serving three years from 1991 until his resignation in 1994. Leonid Kuchma was the only president to have served two consecutive terms in office. Both Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych served one term, with the latter being replaced by acting president Oleksandr Turchynov, who then also served as Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, on Feb. 21, 2014.

The Government of Ukraine utilizes a semi-presidential system in which the roles of the head of state and head of government are separate, thus the president of Ukraine is not the nation’s head of government. The prime minister serves as the head of government, a role currently filled by Oleksiy Honcharuk who was appointed to the position in August 2019.

History of Ukraine

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe.  Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religions in the country are Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 233,062 square miles, making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world.

The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key centre of East Slavic culture, with the powerful state of Kievan Rus’ forming the basis of Ukrainian identity. Following its fragmentation in the 13th century, the territory was contested, ruled and divided by a variety of powers, including LithuaniaPolandAustria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Russia. A Cossack republic emerged and prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries, but its territory was eventually split between Poland and the Russian Empire, and finally merged fully into the Russian-dominated Soviet Union in the late 1940s as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of its dissolution at the end of the Cold War.

Before its independence, Ukraine was typically referred to in English as “The Ukraine,” but most sources have since moved to drop “the” from the name of Ukraine in all uses.

 

 

 

 

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