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Poroshenko waiting for Zelensky at Olimpiysky stadium on April 14 for debates

President invited spectators and all Ukrainian TV channels to the stadium
20:28, 7 April 2019

The presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says he is waiting for Volodymyr Zelensky on April 14 debate at the Olimpiysky NSC stadium. The head of the Ukrainian state noted this on the air of Ukrainian TV channel, reports 112.ua.

“On April 14 I will be at the Republican Stadium (NSC Olimpiysky, - ed.), exactly where Mr. Zelensky proposed, waiting for him to hold a debate. I think 19.00 or 20.00 will be the optimal time. I invite viewers, and all channels, in order for the debates to be held, as Volodymyr Zelensky wanted, in order not to let him withdraw from this proposal," the president said.

We recall, on April 3, Volodymyr Zelensky published a video message in which he called Poroshenko for a debate at the NSC Olimpiysky. He stated that "gives him 24 hours to think about it."

The current guarantor noted that the law provides for other conditions for the debate, but agreed to debate at the stadium.

On April 4, Zelensky proposed Tymoshenko to become an arbiter in the debate. She ignored this invitation.

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The turn of events before the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine was filled with "surrealism" after candidate Volodymyr Zelensky began to put forward unexpected demands to the current president, Petro Poroshenko, who accepted this challenge. This is reported by CNN.

"Ukraine's sensational presidential election campaign took another surreal twist on Friday, as the incumbent and his comedian challenger, Volodymr Zelensky, both underwent blood tests on live television ahead of a debate," the report said.

CNN notes that the second round and the debates of the candidates are of great interest in Ukraine, where the comedian, who played in the presidential television series, unexpectedly gained great popularity among the masses in the elections.

Let us recall that during the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."

Related: Final results of Ukraine's presidential elections' first round officially announced

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