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Zelensky evades independent drug and alcohol probe, - Poroshenko's team

The candidate's HQ offers both Poroshenko and Zelensky to pass the tests at Eurolab, which belongs to Zelensky's avid supporter
22:58, 4 April 2019

Ukrainian presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky
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The team of President Petro Poroshenko stated that candidate Volodymyr Zelensky tries to escape the independent probe for alcohol and drug use. This is mentioned on the website of Poroshenko's team HQ.

The statement on this issue says that the owner of Eurolab facility, where Zelensky's HQ offered to pass the tests is a politically motivated man who endorses the comedian as the president.

'Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky enjoys his unconditional right to share probe tests with his supporters. However, one should take into account that the owner of the Eurolab laboratory, Andriy Palchevsky is a politically-inclined celebrity who openly expresses his proclivity for Volodymyr Zelensky,' says the message.  

Related: Zelensky offers Tymoshenko to become moderator in debates with Poroshenko

'The meaning of this medical expertise is about its objectivity, non-biasedness and trust of the society. This is the same sort of test that candidate Zelensky evades for the reasons we don't understand', reads the message.

The head of the state decided to do his tests in the state facility - a stadium, political consultant of Zelensky Dmytro Razumkov said that their headquarters considers the medical center at the stadium biased.

Earlier on April 4, the comedian and presidential candidate Zelensky offered Yulia Tymoshenko to become the moderator in his debates with the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko. Tymoshenko responded she would consider this option; but even before she chose any of the options, Ukraine's National Public TV Company announced that TV hosts Pavlo Kazarin and Myroslava Barchuk would be the moderators. 

Related: Poroshenko waits for Zelensky to get tested at Olympic Stadium’s lab

After the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko offered his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky to hold the debates before the second leg. Zelensky released a video, in which he accepted Poroshenko's offer, also requiring something in return. His main demand was to hold the debates at the NSC Olimpiysky stadium in Kyiv. Poroshenko refused, his team stated that presidents do not perform at the stadiums, but in a while, he changed his mind.

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: Poroshenko waits for Zelensky to get tested at Olympic Stadium’s lab

Later on April 4, Zelensky offered to pass the test for drugs and alcohol use. Poroshenko agreed, offering Zelensky to pass the test at the NSC Olimpiysky medical centre. Zelensky said no to that and offered Poroshenko to pass the test at a different lab.

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