On April 4, presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky offered Yulia Tymoshenko to become the moderator in his debates with the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko. Zelensky said this in an address on his Facebook page.
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.
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 accepted.
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 center. Zelensky, the renowned comedian, said no to that and offered Poroshenko to pass the test
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."