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Smash Or Flop, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Steps Into Role Of A Lifetime

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Christopher Miller

Check your jokes in at the door. Volodymyr Zelenskiy is about to step into the biggest role of his life.

A political novice whose only relevant experience has been playing a schoolteacher who stumbles into the presidency in a popular TV series, the 41-year-old actor and comedian won Ukraine’s presidential election by a wide margin on April 21.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy Addressing a Rally Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Volodymyr Zelenskiy

With more than 99 percent of all the ballots counted, the Central Electoral Commission reported the next day that Zelenskiy had won 73.2 percent of the vote, compared to 24.5 percent for incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Zelenskiy will likely be inaugurated in early June.

After his swearing-in, he will take the reins of a country of roughly 44 million people that requires radical reform to root out corruption, remains ensnared in a war with Russia-backed separatists, and is at the heart of the West’s geopolitical fight with Russia.

In other words, he will face many of the same challenges as Vasily Holoborodko, the fictional president he has played for three seasons on his TV show Servant Of The People. This time, however, the stakes are real and not every episode will end in victory.

His success could depend largely on support from the team he builds around him and if he manages to bring professionals on board that can compensate for his lack of personal experience, experts say.

“Zelenskiy has received votes from all across Ukraine. This is a big asset which gives him carte blanche to carry out reforms and purge the state apparatus,” independent political analyst Konstantin Skorkin wrote for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Zelenskiy, a native of the industrial southeastern city of Kriviy Rih, carried every region of Ukraine but Lviv in the west, a cradle of Ukrainian nationalism where Poroshenko beat him by nearly 30 percent.

But Zelenskiy’s initial fortunes may also depend on the outgoing president’s willingness to ensure a peaceful transition of power.

In his concession speech, Poroshenko pledged cooperation and that he would respect the will of the Ukrainian people. But he also used the opportunity to warn that Zelenskiy’s victory was a win for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“You may just look at the celebration in the Kremlin on the occasion of the election,” he said in English at his campaign headquarters. “They believe that with a new, unexperienced (sic) Ukrainian president, Ukraine could be quickly returned to the Russia orbit of influence,” he added, calling on the international community to continue supporting the country.

In Zelenskiy’s camp, that dig at the president-elect prompted some to doubt Poroshenko’s promise of a smooth transition.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy( Left) Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Volodymyr Zelenskiy

“In Ukrainian politics, what they say and what they do [are] not always the same,” Dmitry Razumkov, Zelenskiy’s campaign chief, told reporters on April 21. “Let’s hope that in this particular case those promises that were voiced correspond to reality.”

For their part, Western governments that have sanctioned Russia over the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its backing of the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine signaled that they would continue their support for Kyiv, congratulating Ukrainians on an election that international monitors deemed competitive, free, and fair.

U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the many leaders who sent messages of support to Zelenskiy after his win.

“I would be glad to welcome you soon in Berlin, and I wish you good luck and success for the tasks ahead of you,” read a telegram from Merkel to the president-elect that was published by her office on April 22.

Merkel’s message wasn’t lost on Servant Of The People fans who recalled a scene in which the chancellor calls Zelenskiy’s TV president, Vasyl Holoborodko, with an offer of European Union membership only to revoke it after realizing she had meant to dial the president of Montenegro.

Ukrainians are already looking to three seasons’ worth of episodes for insight into how Zelenskiy might govern.

Zelenskiy said in the wake of his real-life election victory that one of his first priorities would be to immediately address some of the same challenges Holoborodko faces in Servant, such as the conflict with Russia.

Specifically, he said, he would work to secure the release of 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured last year by Russia along with their three vessels while trying to pass through the Kerch Strait near Crimea.

And members of Zelenskiy’s team said bills would be introduced in parliament that are aimed at eliminating corruption and assigning more accountability to public servants. They should include bills on the removal of immunity from the president, lawmakers, and judges, as well as an impeachment law.

Promises like those appear to be giving Ukraine’s vibrant civil society, long frustrated by Poroshenko’s perceived foot-dragging on many issues related to the fight against corruption and law and justice, some reason for hope.

“There is a chance for positive changes,” Daria Kaleniuk, executive director of the Kyiv-based watchdog group Anti-Corruption Action Center, told RFE/RL. “But we have to watchdog his every step and not let him relax.”

She predicted that “every message, every person he appoints to his team will be very thoroughly assessed by journalists and civil society.”

She and other anticorruption activists with whom Zelenskiy’s team met ahead of the election said he had been supportive of the priorities they had communicated to him.

But some of those messages have changed in the past week. For instance, Kaleniuk said that after promising a full “reboot” of the country’s specialized anticorruption-prosecutors office, which has been plagued by allegations of corruption, Zelenskiy’s team has backtracked.

Mustafa Nayyem, whose calls to protest the government when he was a journalist and activist in November 2013 helped spark the Euromaidan uprising that ousted Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych, said Zelenskiy would be smart to heed the advice of civil society.

Now a lawmaker, Nayyem addressed the newly elected leader in a blog post.“Remember what happened to Poroshenko,” he said, urging the president-elect to listen to the 73 percent of voters who elected him. “Don’t make the same mistakes.”

Copyright (c) 2019. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036


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Maharashtra: Total Positive Cases 72,300 Total Deaths: 2,465

Gujarat: Total Positive Cases: 17,632 Total Deaths: 1,092

Madhya Pradesh: Total Positive Cases: 8,420 Total Deaths: 364

West Bengal: Total Positive Cases: 6,168 Total Deaths: 335

Delhi: Total Positive Cases: 22,132 Total Deaths: 556

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Lockdown extends till June 30

  • International air travel, Metro rail services not allowed 

Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations will not allowed.

  • Places of worship, hotels will open from June 8 with specific guidelines.

According to MHA guidelines, in Phase II, schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and Union Territories.

There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movement

But  states have the freedom to decide on public movement.

COVID-19: Delhi Death Toll Rises to 82 in Last 24 Hours

Probable Guidelines for Lockdown 5.0.

More travel routes are likely to open in Lockdown 5.0.

From June 1, the Railways will operate 100 pairs of mail or express trains, bookings have already begun. Then AC class services will resume.

Some states have already begun intra-state buses. Other states may  begin intra-tate bus services after June 1.Metro  services may begin in a limited manner, with lesser passenger capacity, social distancing norms and longer stops at each station.

Shops selling non-essential items were allowed to open during Lockdown 4.0.. More shops may open in Lockdown 5.0 even in markets.But no confirmed news regarding opening of shopping malls.Now many shops that have re-opened in market areas are operating on an odd-even basis.

Some cities have already allowed salons and beauty parlours to open with strict social distancing guidelines and wearing protective gear is a must.In containment areas the same rule may prevail in Lockdown 5.0.

The Human Resource Development Ministry of India will soon announce the guidelines of   schools reopening.

How to identify Fake News or Messeges on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
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Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines

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When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they are developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

 

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