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Debates at NSC Olimpiyskiy: 477 State Emergency Service workers to provide security

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Antonov An-26 plane and Eurocopter EC145 in a medical variant will be on duty at Kyiv international airport
16:44, 19 April 2019

Ukraine's presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko
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477 workers of State Emergency Service and 97 units of equipment will be involved in security provision during the debates at NSC Olimpiyskiy between the presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko, as the press service of State Emergency Service reported.

As it was reported, Antonov An-26 plane and Eurocopter EC145 in a medical variant will be on duty at Kyiv international airport.

It was noted that State Emergency Service would be on duty in an enhanced regime till 9 am on April 22.

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In total, 39,000 people, over 2,300 units of equipment including reserve, and ten aircrafts of State Emergency Service will provide fire safety.

The debate preparation process started on April 3, when Zelensky replied to Poroshenko's invitation to participate in debates and put forward his conditions. He wanted to hold debates at Olympiysky Stadium. Poroshenko’s team said, “the President does not perform at stadiums”. A few hours later Poroshenko changed his mind and agreed to participate in the debates.

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On April 7, Poroshenko stated that he waited for Volodymyr Zelensky on April 14 at Olympiysky Stadium.

In his turn, Zelensky stated he wanted to hold the debates with Poroshenko on April 19 at Olympiysky Stadium.

On April 10, Olympiysky Stadium reported that it got two applications for holding debates from two presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko.

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Presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky reported that free tickets for the fan zone at NSC Olimpiysky stadium were available. Thus, some viewers will be able to watch the debates between Zelensky and the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko on the stadium for free. 

Later it was reported that Olympic NSC would not sell tickets for the debates of the presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko.

Related: Debates day at NSC Olimpiysky in Kyiv: Stadium surrounded by police vehicles

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