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Leonid Bershidsky

Zelenskiy Sets Up a Wild Ride for Ukraine

With refreshing cabinet appointments and a legislative salvo, the ex-comedian’s presidency finally starts in earnest.

Can he drain the Kyiv swamp? 

Can he drain the Kyiv swamp? 

Photographer: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

On Thursday, the 101st day after his inauguration, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy finally sprang into action. His first moves show Ukraine is in for a wild ride.

The reason the former comedian’s first 100 days in office were uneventful is that his hands were tied by a hostile parliament and government. Last month, Zelenskiy’s party, Servant of the People, won a majority in parliament; on Thursday, the new legislature assembled for the first time. The president quickly bombarded it with dozens of new legislative and personnel proposals, some long overdue and rational, others disquieting.