The Newest: Ukraine comedian:’First step’ to election win

The Latest on Ukraine’s presidential election (all times local):

9:15 p.m.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian whom exit polls reveal leading Ukraine’s presidential election, says he has made a step toward victory.

Exit polls indicated Zelenskiy would receive about 30 percent of their vote, far short of the absolute majority required to win the very first round. Most exit polls stated incumbent Petro Poroshenko received Zelenskiy in a runoff on April 21 the second-biggest service, that would put him.

Zelenskiy told journalists after the polls closed that”that this is merely the initial step toward a excellent victory.”

He denied that his effort would coordinate on the first-round ballot with all the forces of some of the additional 37 candidates.

He said that”we are young people. We do not wish to observe all the past in our future.”


8:55 p.m.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko is currently disputing a few exit polls that showed her failing to get aid in Sunday’s election to be eligible for a runoff.

Exit polls revealed comic Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Petro Poroshenko that was incumbent . The polls suggested Zelenskiy would get far away in the 50 percent needed to win in the very first round although about 30% of those votes, ahead of Poroshenko.

But, the campaign staff of Tymoshenko said its exit polling showed her handily in location.

In a news conference after the polls closed, Tymoshenko called on her supporters to head to guarantee a fair count.


8:10 p.m.

His support is well short of the majority required to acquire in the first round although an exit poll reveals comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the lead in the presidential election of Ukraine.

The exit poll released Sunday after voting stations closed signaled that Zelenskiy received about 30.4 percent of the nationwide vote, followed closely by incumbent President Petro Poroshenko with 17.8% and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 14.2% support.

The poll conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and the Razumkov Center public view firm was based on nearly 18,000 responses to questioning at several 400 polling places at 6 , two weeks before the polls closed.


6:40 p.m.

Ukrainian authorities say they’ve received over 1,600 complaints regarding offenses in the presidential elections.

A statement Sunday from Ukraine’s Interior Ministry on Facebook stated the complaints were received by 6 pm, two weeks before polling stations were to close.

It said the reported offenses included parental campaigning at polling stationsand attempts to bribe voters and elimination of ballots.

Opinion polls have shown Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that stars in a TV sitcom about a teacher who becomes president after a video of him denouncing corruption moves viral, resulting in an area of 39 candidates in the race.

The polls had Zelenskiy outpacing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko , the other top candidates, with a broad margin


3:15 p.m.

Ukrainian citizens are currently lining up to vote in the presidential election of their country.

It is the first Ukrainian election because the arrival in years of substantial quantities of students and employees seeking better chances at the neighboring European Union country and higher wages.

People cast their ballots and lined up on Sunday in the embassy in Warsaw and at three other consular points across Poland, picking in the field of 39 applicants.

Igor Isajew, editor of an information portal for Ukrainians from Poland,, said that many other Ukrainians in Poland stay not able to vote because they live far from the polling stations.

Isajew finds signs that a proportion of Ukrainians in Poland than in Ukraine favor Petro Poroshenko due to his credentials while there are no opinion polls tapping into the views of Ukrainians in Poland.


7 a.m.

Founded in Ukraine are casting ballots in a presidential election after a campaign that generated a comic as the front-runner along with allegations of voter bribery with no experience.

Opinion surveys have shown Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who stars in a TV sitcom moves viral. The polls also had Zelenskiy outpacing incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the other leading candidates, with a wide margin.

Voter Tatiana Zinchenko, 30, throw her ballot for the comedian. She says”Zelenskiy has shown us around the screen what a true president ought to be similar to.”

If a candidate secures an absolute majority of Sunday’s vote, a runoff between the two top finishers would be held April 21.