Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an opening speech at the Age of Crimea forum in Kyiv on Feb. 26, 2020, marking the sixth anniversary of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.

Photo by President’s Office

When Volodymyr Zelensky catapulted to Ukraine’s presidency in April 2019, the actor-turned-statesman promised a fresh start, a rejection of politics as usual, and a thorough overhaul of Ukraine’s political and economic system. Parliamentary elections three months later gave Zelensky’s Servant of the People party a majority of 254 out of 424 available seats.

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