Volodymyr Zelensky / Photo from UNIAN

"It's certainly true that Ukraine's oligarchs continue to wield tremendous power," and President Zelensky "won't be rid of their machinations simply by asking nicely," the Guardian reports, adding that the "TV president" Zelensky played in a series might have ordered oligarchs hanged or shot for such lavish expenditure abroad during a time of war, "but the real Zelenskiy will have to work with them, asking them to invest at home and fund state projects when asked."

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"If we've chosen democracy, of course, we can't hang people," Zelensky, a former star comedian and actor told the Guardian in an interview. "Although! Sometimes you really want to. And do you know why? Because it would be quicker. Much quicker."

"We are joking," said his press secretary Iuliia Mendel, looking "somewhat concerned," according to the Guardian.

"Of course we're joking," Zelensky added.