Who is Volodymyr Zelensky?

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been in the news a lot recently.

He has been the President since April 2019, but before that he had a very different life – he was a comedian and actor.

When Zelensky became President a number of people wondered how he would go.

But Ukrainians have given their “full support and respect” to their president in the past week for his inspiring leadership.

Mr. Zelensky was born in the central city of Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine, in 1978. When he was born, Ukraine was still a part of the Soviet Union (USSR).

He graduated from University with a law degree, but he soon chose to follow a career in entertainment as a comedian and actor.

Zelensky went on to be the voice of Paddington Bear when the popular film was released in Ukraine. In 2015, he appeared in his biggest role to date in the Ukrainian TV series, Servant of the People.

Mr. Zelensky’s decision to take part in the 2019 presidential election in Ukraine was seen by some as a joke at first. However, he went on to win the election with 73% of the vote, promising to fight corruption and bring peace to Ukraine.

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