Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, to set the inauguration date for May 19.

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"I appeal to the Ukrainian parliament. Dear lawmakers, I hope that in three weeks, while you were resting, you have not forgotten the words of the parliamentary oath: to fulfill your duties in the interests of all compatriots. So far, you are acting solely in your own interests, you are afraid of the dissolution of the [Verkhovna] Rada and are delaying the appointment date of inauguration," Zelensky said in a video address posted on Facebook.

Zelensky stressed [outgoing President Petro] Poroshenko "makes irreversible," carrying out active changes in the high command of the army, appointing familiar judges to the Supreme Court, awarding titles, etc.

"That is why I appeal to the Verkhovna Rada. You should set the inauguration date for May 19 at the next meeting. It is not I who demand this, the people of Ukraine demand this, in whose interests you swore to act. The country needs the normal work of all institutions, people should not wait until someone appoints everyone before a long vacation. Think, please, not about deputy cards, think about Ukraine. May 19. Vote," he said.