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Russian TV channels to broadcast Poroshenko, Zelensky debates

Russia 24, RT Russia and Dozhd promise to hold the broadcast of the debates
17:27, 18 April 2019

Petro Poroshenko, debates at NSC Olimpiysky
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Russian TV Channels will broadcast the debates between candidates for the presidency in Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky on April 19 as Interfax reported.

Russia 24 will broadcast the debates. Besides, Russia Today will hold the broadcast at RT Russia TV channel, as channel’s chief editor Margarita Simonyan said. Moreover, Ruptly, which enters RT agency, will also hold the broadcast. All of the broadcasts will take place with translation.

Svetlana Gulyaeva, the Executive Producer of Dozhd TV Channel, announced the broadcast. She said that a special broadcast will take place on Friday.

On April 3, 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.

Related: CEC to consider postponing debates on Suspilne TV

On April 7, Poroshenko stated that he waits 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.

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

Related: NSC Olimpiyskiy preparing to Zelensky-Poroshenko debates (photo)

The debates are to take place on Friday, April 19.

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

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