Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience, has taken a strong lead in the first round of Ukraine’s presidential race after securing almost twice the vote share of his main contender, incumbent Petro Poroshenko, early results show.
The top three contenders in Ukraine's presidential elections cast their vote on Sunday in a first round which a comedian, who happens to play a fictional president in a popular TV series, is tipped to win.
Ukraine on Friday banned Russian men of combat age from entering the country, a move introduced under martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea last weekend.
Two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol, are effectively under blockade by Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said on Thursday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to rebuild “the old Russian Empire” in the midst of tensions between Kiev and Moscow over the seizure of three Ukrainian vessels in Russia’s territorial waters in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of orchestrating a naval "provocation" in the Black Sea at the weekend in order to boost his flagging popularity ratings before an election next year.