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Volodymyr Zelenskiy celebrates his election as president of Ukraine in 2019

Ukraine: Assessing President Zelenskiy’s first year

With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy having been in office for more than a year, now is an opportune time to measure his progress in solving his country’s problems. So far, the optics have outshined the actual accomplishments. Several black swan events, top among them the Covid-19 outbreak, have proven enormous hurdles. As his term moves forward, President Zelenskiy will have to make real strides toward ending the war in Donbas and reining in oligarchs’ power, or the country could descend further into dysfunction.

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