Incumbent Petro Poroshenko conceded defeat on Easter Sunday, with reports the following morning showing 41-year-old Zelenskiy had won more than 70% of the vote. The landslide victory went viral on social media, given Zelenskiy’s past playing a fictional president on a comedy television show.

 

Writing on Twitter, incumbent Poroshenko said:

“We succeeded to ensure free, fair, democratic and competitive elections. No doubt that Ukraine has put a new high standard for the democratic electoral campaign. I will accept the will of the Ukranian people.”

 

Zelenskiy will now be faced with a multitude of domestic and international issues affecting Ukraine. The country’s economy is struggling, and there is ongoing aggression with Russia-backed separatist forces which has already claimed over 13,000 lives. Despite this, however, he provided little in the way of policies for how he would deal with these problems during the presidential campaign. Instead, he used stand-up comedy and viral videos to win the people over.

 

If you thought Trump was elected into office as a hypothetical grenade to be thrown into the political system, Zelenskiy is a nuclear bomb.

 

In response to the election of the new Ukranian president, Duda said:

 

“I am convinced that he will reaffirm Ukraine’s road to the Euro-Atlantic community…I want to assure you that Poland is ready and will continue to provide overall assistance to Ukraine in the area of security and state reform. You can rely on my personal involvement here.”

 

Duda also referenced the common history between the Polish and Ukranian people, saying:

 

“I deeply believe that your cadence will bring positive changes in this area.””