Comedian has last laugh as he cruises to Ukraine victory

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky enters a hall in Kiev

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky enters a hall in Kiev

The European Union scrambled to get a call with Ukraine's president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday as Western powers wondered whether the TV comic would heed their urgings to stick with reforms that they hope can anchor the country beyond the grip of Russian Federation.

After the polls closed, Zelenskiy was addressed a crowd of journalists at his campaign headquarters as the theme to Servant of the People played and thanked the citizens who voted for him and promised: "I won't mess up". The talks, he said, would be related to the possibility of ending the Donbass conflict.

It was promoted as the most spectacular political show in Ukrainian history, but the debate only attracted 22,000 people at the Olympiyskiy stadium in Kiev on Friday, despite a capacity of more than 70,000. "Anything is possible!" he said as quoted by ABC News.

Proposing an early meeting with Zelenskiy, Tusk, a former Polish premier who chairs summits of EU national leaders, and Juncker, a former Luxembourg prime minister who heads the bloc's executive, said further steps to implement Kiev's trade and political pact with the union could provide "crucial" help.

Poroshenko, a billionaire candy magnate before he took office, has relied on traditional political barnstorming, using sympathetic television stations to extensively cover his appearances.

The outgoing leader came to power after a 2014 pro-Western uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed regime, triggering Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

Zelensky claimed 30.24 percent in the first round of the election on March 31, beating Poroshenko with an nearly twofold advantage (15.95 percent). President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that Russian Federation respects the will of Ukrainian people but would need to see "real actions" by the elected leader.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted his congratulations, adding cautiously: "Ukraine is a valued NATO partner and we look forward to continuing our cooperation".

Zelensky said he plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to attempt to settle the conflict between the two countries but vowed to "never sacrifice" Ukraine's territories and people.

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"People have gone mad", said the 39-year-old Poroshenko supporter.

BBC reports that Zelenskiy secured more than 73% of votes while Poroshenko fell behind with 24%.

Like Poroshenko, Zelenskiy pledged to keep Ukraine on its pro-Western course, but said the country should only join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if voters give their approval in a referendum.

TV star Zelensky, who joined the political arena and announced his candidacy for president only in January this year, is a complete "political rookie".

But many feel the country's ruling elite have forgotten the promises of the revolution.

His brand of outsider politics and unorthodox style has earned him comparisons to Italy's comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo and US President Donald Trump.

Critics accuse Mr. Zelenskiy of having an unhealthily close working relationship with a powerful oligarch called Ihor Kolomoisky, whose TV channel broadcasts his comedy shows.

The poll conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and the Razumkov Center public opinion organization was based on more than 13,000 responses to face-to-face questions at 300 polling places as of 6 p.m., two hours before the polls closed.

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