Ratas congratulates Zelensky on presidential election win in Ukraine

President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky celebrating his election win in Ukraine.
President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky celebrating his election win in Ukraine. Source: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA/Scanpix

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) on Monday congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on winning the presidential elections in the second round in Ukraine on Sunday.

"Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky and the people of Ukraine on free and fair elections," Mr Ratas wrote on Twitter on Monday, adding that Estonia would continue to support Ukraine, its territorial integrity, its sovereignty and reforms.

Mr Zelensky, a comedian, screenwriter, actor and director, on Sunday scored a landslide victory in the second round of Ukraine's presidential elections, unseating incumbent Petro Poroshenko with 73.2% vs 24.46% at 85.56% reporting. Mr Zelensky led in all electoral districts but Lviv.

An overwhelming majority of the 1,138 Ukrainian voters to cast their votes in Estonia on Sunday supported Mr Zelenksy's candidacy as well.

A total of 822 voters cast their ballot in favour of Mr Zelensky, while another 298 voted in favour of Mr Poroshenko. A total of 17 spoiled paper ballots were cast as well.

Mr Poroshenko conceded defeat on Sunday night already, congratulating his opponent on his landslide victory. The results were "clear," he said, and a reason to "call my opponent and congratulate him."

The outgoing head of state stressed, however, that he would be leaving office but did not intend to leave politics.

According to the latest information, voter turnout in Ukraine totalled 62.07%.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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