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An unlikely president will determine the future of Ukraine—and Donald Trump

The promise of Volodymyr Zelensky

By Daniel Metcalfe   December 2019

Photo: Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with Zelensky in October

It was a smug move by a confident reformer. On 23rd September Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a bill enabling the impeachment of the head of state, hitherto impossible under Ukrainian law, as part of his reform package. The following day US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Zelensky and Trump were suddenly mirror images of governance—one good, one ill.

The revelations about Zelensky’s telephone call with Trump…

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