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With Volodymyr Zelenskiy to be inaugurated this morning at the Rada,

cautious praise comes from one observer of Ukrainian leaders for the last 30 years. "He is pro business, pro market, and pro Western", writes Timothy Ash, senior sovereign analyst for Blue Bay Asset Management in London.
Drawing on interviews in Kyiv last week, he writes: "The consensus from those that have had any interaction with the President-elect is that he is clever, business-savvy, a quick learner, that he genuinely has the good of the country at heart and does want to deliver change, which is really what his electorate voted for. He is a joker, but certainly no fool."