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Ukrainian Leader’s Party Flops in Local Elections in Big Cities

  • Exit polls also point to no majority on most local councils
  • Vote coincided with virus spike, drop in Zelenskiy popularity

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy suffered a setback in local elections on Sunday as his party failed to win over urban voters and saw pro-Russian forces gain in popularity.

The ballot came amid a spike in new cases of Covid-19 and after a tricky first year in power, with Zelenskiy struggling to deliver on promises to stamp out corruption and end a six-year war with Russian-backed fighters near the two countries’ border. His popularity had already slid to its lowest point since he scored a landslide victory to take the presidency in 2019.