Volodymyr Zelensky

The latest on Volodymyr Zelensky. Elected as president of Ukraine in 2019, Zelensky (also spelled as Zelenskyy) previously was a popular actor and comedian. Prior to his election, Zelensky was a political outsider but quickly gained support after announcing his candidacy in 2018. He defeated former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with 73.2 percent of the vote. Born January 25, 1978, Zelensky received a law degree from Kyiv National Economic University before starting his career as a performer.