For Jaded Russians, Ukraine's Zelensky Is 'breath Of Fresh Air'
Umer Jamshaid Published April 02, 2019 | 12:37 AM
The soaring popularity of Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who led the first round of presidential polls, has intrigued Russians with many warming to his calls for dialogue with Moscow, and laughing along with his Russian-language humour
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said only that Moscow does not want a "party of war" in power in Ukraine, seemingly referring to incumbent Petro Poroshenko, who came second in the first round on 16 percent and now faces a run-off, with nearly 90 percent of votes counted.
Some observers suggested the Russian leadership would like Zelensky to win because a political novice is likely to make blunders, propping up Moscow's narrative that Ukraine has descended into chaos after turning its back on neighbouring Russia.
"Finally a kind of breath of fresh air in Ukraine's morass," said Ruslan Shuyev, a 23-year-old IT specialist.