Today in the world: Ukraine faces the option – Zelensky vs Poroshenko, and Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated new masterpiece at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival

Today in the world: Ukraine faces the option – Zelensky vs Poroshenko, and Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated new masterpiece at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival

Ukraine election: Voters choose between Zelensky vs Poroshenko

On Sunday, April 21, Ukrainians will come to the polls to decide who will become the new leader of the country for the next 5 years. In the history of post-Soviet Ukraine, it is the seventh presidential election.

The favorite of the presidential race is the showman and TV host Vladimir Zelensky, who has no experience in politics, except the role of president that he played on “The Servant of the People”, Ukrainian television program.

If the people support him in the elections, politically, Ukraine will become a “terra incognita”: Zelensky is the first possible leader in the post-Soviet space, who has no any political background. Meanwhile, exit polls shows he is on track for a landslide win against Poroshenko.

Kim Jong Un to visit Russia later this month

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Russia for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin later this month, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin statement gave no date or location for the meeting, though there have been reports from Renhap agency it could take place in Vladivostok.

Political analysts believe that the two leaders will talk about the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

Pyongyang is now interested a lot to end the sanctions. According to Alexander Zhebin, Director, Center for Korean Studies at Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in this context, Pyongyang and Moscow would most likely discuss ways to advance the promotion by Russia and China the issue lifting or softening sanctions against North Korea during the UN Security Council meeting.

The Trump-Kim meeting in Vietnam, the second summit between the two leaders, broke down over conflicting demands by North Korea for sanctions relief and by the United States for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The following month Washington imposed a new round of sanctions on Pyongyang.

Trump is happy for the results of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller

Mueller found no proof Trump campaign conspired with Russia. U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller concluded in his investigation that Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice or conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere during the 2016 election campaign.

As U.S. attorney general William Barr said, there were 10 episodes. “However, the lack of a finding of obstruction was based on the recognition that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference”, the letter said.

The head of the White House immediately responded to the results of the investigation. “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! For the haters and the radical left Democrats – Game Over”, Trump shared Game Of Thrones-style meme ahead of Mueller report in Twitter. “Great day,” Trump said.

Germany rejects Greek claim for World War Two reparations

Germany rejects Greek claim for World War Two reparations. Based on Greek State Treasury report, the assessed cost of the occupation at upwards of 300 billion euros. For its part, earlier, the German government has made it clear that Greece has no legal right to claim damages for the Second World War. “The question of German reparations has been conclusively settled, both legally and politically,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Earlier, the Greece Parliament approved a resolution obliging the government of Alexis Tsipras to close the issue by using on “the next legal and diplomatic steps”.

Paris honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner paid tribute to the firefighters who helped rescue the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece, in a public ceremony outside Paris City Hall. More than 500 firefighters worked throughout the night Monday to put out the fire at Notre Dame, the Paris landmark, and prevent an even worse disaster, in a blaze that felled the spire and destroyed two-thirds of its roof. Sixty firefighters are still keeping a vigil at Notre Dame to ensure no further fire erupts.

The France’s culture minister warned that two gables and figurines perched high up in the building were still at risk of collapse inside.

“We will rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral, we will return to all mankind the symbol of peace, history and freedom. Long live Notre Dame, long live the republic, long live France!” Christophe Castaner said

“The country and the entire world were watching us and you were exemplary,” French President Emmanuel Macron told at the Elysee Palace. He said the firefighters would be awarded France’s golden medal of honor in recognition of their “courage and devotion.”

Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated new film at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival

The competition list of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, which will be held on May 14-25, includes 19 films. But the big news was that there was no place – as yet – for Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, which can be in competition at the festival as well. The film tells the story of the rapidly changing world of the film industry.

Another major takeaway is that women direct 6 out of 19 movies announced. The geography is vast, but still the European films are most in the competition. Among them, the latest film by Pedro Almodovar Pain & Glory, in which the film director rethinks his life, both professional and personal. It stars Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

In addition, biopics, including Diego Maradona and Rocketman, film about Elton John’s career, will be screened out of competition at Cannes.

Nury AMANOV