Who is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ?

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President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky shows an ancient Bulava (historical symbol of the state power) during his inauguration in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine on May 20, 2019. Volodymyr Zelensky with 73,22 percent of the votes beats out the current President Petro Poroshenko, who received 24,45 percent of the votes during the second tour of Presidential elections in Ukraine which was held on April 21,2019.

Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenski gestures as he waits to attend his inauguration ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine on May 20, 2019.

European Council president Donald Tusk, 2nd left, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, center, walk during a working visit to the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine on July 7, 2019, following the disengagement of forces and weapons in the area. The OSCE mission on 26 June had observed the beginning of the disengagement process with Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel and members of the armed formations leaving their most forward positions, together with their weapons, and exiting the disengagement area.

European Council President Donald Tusk, left, speaks to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a press conference on the outcome of the Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev on July 8, 2019.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, leaves a voting booth with a ballot while his wife Olena waits, at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine on July 21, 2019. Ukrainians are heading to the polls in snap parliamentary elections after President Volodymyr Zelensky dissolved parliament during his inauguration on May 21, 2019.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to media at his party's headquarters after the parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine on July 21, 2019. According to exit polls, President's Zelenskiy Servant of the People party won the elections and will have majority in parliament. Ukrainians voted in extraordinary parliament's elections after President Volodymyr Zelensky dissolved parliament during his inauguration on May 21, 2019.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, lights candles during a visit at St George Church with Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians in Istanbul, Turkey on Aug. 8, 2019.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a mourning ceremony joint with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured) next the Minora monument near the Babiy Yar ravine in Kiev, Ukraine on Aug. 19, 2019. Some 34,000 Jews were murdered in the Babiy Yar ravine by Nazis during two days in September 1941. In total more than 100,000 people lost their lives in Babiy Yar between 1941 and 1943. Benjamin Netanyahu is on a two-day official visit to Kiev to meet with top Ukrainian officials.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reviews the Guard of Honor during the National Flag Day celebration at the St. Sophia square in downtown Kiev, Ukraine on Aug. 23, 2019. Ukrainians mark the National Flag Day, one day prior to Independence Day, which is celebrated on on August 24.

A handout picture made available by the presidential press service shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, shakes hands with John Bolton during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine on Aug. 28, 2019. John Bolton arrived to Kiev to meet with top Ukrainian officials.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, talks to the newly appointed speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Dmytro Razumkov during a session of the new parliament, or Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, in Kiev on Aug. 29, 2019.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, center, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda welcome Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during official welcome ceremony at the Jozef Pilsudski Square for the ceremony marking 80th anniversary of World War II outbreak in Warsaw, Poland on Sept. 1, 2019. The Luftwaffe attack on the Polish city of Wielun in the early morning of 01 September 1939 marked the beginning of World War II. A few minutes later, the German battleship SMS Schleswig-Holstein bombarded the Gdansk Westerplatte.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, speaks with Dmytro Razumkov speaker of Ukrainian Parliament at the Prresidential office in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 2, 2019. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with the heads of the Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers and law-enforcement agencies of Ukraine, which were elected during the first sitting of the newly elected Ukrainian Parliament on Aug. 29, 2019. Zelensky recalled that just three days ago, the new Parliament started its work. On the very first day, about 74 bills were registered that would help reform Ukraine, helping not only fight but finally defeat corruption, the president said as local media reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky applauds after the Ukrainian Parliament voted to strip themselves of immunity from prosecution, during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 3, 2019. Some 373 MPs voted to strip themselves of immunity from prosecution on the day, fulfilling an anti-corruption election promise by reformist President Zelenskiy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, and his Slovak counterpart Zuzana Caputova review the Guard of Honor during their meeting at the Mariinskiy Palace in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 16, 2019. Caputova is on an official visit to Kiev where she will meet with top Ukrainian officials.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during the general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations at United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York on Sept. 24, 2019. The annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations runs until September 30, 2019.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a luncheon during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, Sept. 24, 2019.


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