Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country to Russia after the bloodshed on Maidan in 2014, congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his victory in the presidential elections.
Yanukovych’s press secretary Yury Kirasir has published the text of the message on Facebook.
Viktor Yanukovych wished the future president of Ukraine ‘good health, God’s blessing and every success’.
“I want to bow down before the wise Ukrainian people who did not let themselves be deceived, who did not swallow baits and lies, but made a conscious choice. The Ukrainians have put their faith in you; they hope you bring peace and prosperity to the nation. Do not fail their confidence,” the message reads.
In 2014, Volodymyr Zelenskiy supported Maidan defenders and asked Yanukovych to quit.
On April 21, the National exit poll said Zelenskiy was gaining 73%, while Poroshenko was far behind with 25.5%. The turnout in the second round stood at 62.07%, the CEC said. The official results will be announced on April, 30.