The winner of Sunday’s vote will be elected for a five-year term as president. Zelenskiy turned up to vote dressed in a white T-shirt and jacket. “We have united Ukraine,” he said. No matter the result, “it will be a victory for the Ukrainian people”. “I am just a simple person who has come to break down this system,” Zelensky declared. At the TV, Zelensky is starring in a political satirical drama called Servant of the People. He plays a teacher who accidentally becomes Ukrainian president after his rant about the nation’s politics goes viral on social media.
“It is very important to be guided by reason during the vote. Because it’s not funny. At first maybe it seems funny and fun, but it should not be painful later,” Poroshenko said after voting. Zelenskiy has promised to fight corruption, a message that has resonated with Ukrainians. He has also spoken of the need to try to find a way to end the war against pro-Russian separatists by holding wider Western-backed talks with President Vladimir Putin. Previously, Poroshenko, 53, was elected amid high hopes for change.