What does Zelenskiy's victory mean for Ukraine's stance on Russia?
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Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy has won the second round of a presidential election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko by a landslide, a national exit poll showed on Sunday. The national exit poll showed Zelenskiy had won 73 percent of the vote. If the poll is right, Zelenskiy, who plays a fictitious president in a popular TV series, will now take over the leadership of a country on the frontline of the West's standoff with Russia following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support for a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy, whose victory fits a pattern of anti-establishment figures unseating incumbents in Europe and further afield, has promised to end the war in the eastern Donbass region and to root out corruption amid widespread dismay over rising prices and falling living standards. But he has no concrete plans nor a clear policy towards Russia, Anastasiya Shapochnkina, Geopolitics professor at Sciences Po, told FRANCE 24.