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Ukrainian Presidential Elections: Poroshenko debates Zelensky tonight, online broadcast

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Two presidential candidates - Volodymyr Zelensky (right) and Petro Poroshenko (left)
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Today is a debate day in Ukraine. It’s the last day for pre-election campaigning.
There are two presidential candidates – incumbent President Petro Poroshenko and a contending comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.
The debates to be held in two rounds – first at Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium at 7 p.m., second – in the studio of Suspilne TV at 9 p.m., both broadcasted live throughout the country.
Holding pre-election debate is provided for electoral legislation of Ukraine. According to the Law “On the Election of the President of Ukraine” TV debates shall be held on the last Friday before the day of repeat voting between 19:00 and 22:00 live.
Official debates should be held in the studio of the public broadcaster in specified time strictly. Preparation and organization of the debates shall cost Suspilne TV over $220 000. The debates at the Olympic Stadium shall be paid by the campaign funds of the candidates as a form of pre-election agitation. The exact sum was not published. Earlier, Zelensky’s election campaign team voiced the sum of $220 000 as well.

 


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21:54 It seems the day of debates is over now!
112.ua together with 112.international thank you for being with us.
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21:53 THIS IS THE END...
Poroshenko left.

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21:52
Question/answer:
- What are the biggest threats for Ukraine[/img]
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21:46 Question/answer:
- Why every Ukrainian president always tried to broaden the powers and give more promises than they can do?
- I am proud that I am a President who has not only abstained from broadening my powers, but has downsized them.
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22:44 
Question/answer:
- Maidan cases – no progress, no verdicts….
- I am discontented with the investigation.
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21:37 Question/answer:
- What's the program for liberating territories and rehabilitation?
- After my election win, we will restore Normandy format… Sanctions to be extended and boosted.
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21:30 Question/answer:
- What are the steps to solve the demographic problem?
- To increase the earnings of people.
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21:18 The question/answer:
- How are you going to get into ear of those who is immune to you?
- I will allow no cavalry blows. Though Ukrainian language will be protected.
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21:16 Poroshenko begins with quoting Zelensky about “rebels of “Luhansk Peoples Republic”. According to the President, this means that there are no Russians in Ukraine.  
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21:12 A very weird beginning - the host voices the message that there's a terrorist at the studio and a terrorist act is possible tonight. So anyone had the opportunity to leave. That was the message for emergency service, got the telephone call. This could have been attempted assassination of the President.
Everybody stayed! We are also here. keep updating the page :)
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21:07 Poroshenko is in the studio of the Suspilne TV. Zelensky hasn't arrived, as he actually promised.
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Poroshenko at Suspilne
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Debates at Suspilne TV



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20:46 THE SHOW MUST GO ON. 10 minutes before the next debates at Suspilne TV channel. Stay tuned!
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20:40 Meanwhile we get the link to the full video of the debates at the stadium. It's still in Ukrainian - the text is yet to come. 
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20:10 The debates are over. Candidates left the stage. Next our destination – debates at Suspilne TV. To remind, Poroshenko approved he shall participate, Zelensky announced he won’t be there.
Poroshenko is still at the stadium, delivering his speeches from the other stage. Zelensky left.
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20:05
This debate was more like a boxing match than a political debate.
Humiliation, hatespeech, disrespect, lies, manipulations and chaos – it was a great show!
Hardly any Ukrainian show ends without singing an anthem. 

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Debates at the NSC Olimpiyskiy, Poroshenko vs Zelensky, Kyiv, 19.04.2019. Screenshot

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Debates at the NSC Olimpiyskiy, Poroshenko vs Zelensky, Kyiv, 19.04.2019. Screenshot

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Debates at the NSC Olimpiyskiy, Poroshenko vs Zelensky, Kyiv, 19.04.2019. Screenshot

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Debates at the NSC Olimpiyskiy, Poroshenko vs Zelensky, Kyiv, 19.04.2019. Screenshot

 



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.
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. 
Later it was reported that Olympic NSC will not sell tickets for the debates of the presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko.
A day prior to the debates, Zelensky announced that he won’t show up for debates at Suspline TV.
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