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Ukraine: Debate between Poroshenko and Zelenskiy kicks off02:50

Ukraine: Debate between Poroshenko and Zelenskiy kicks off

Ukraine, Kiev
April 19, 2019 at 16:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

The televised debate between Incumbent Ukrainian President and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko kicked off at Kiev’s 70,000-seat Olympic stadium on Friday.

This will be the first and only debate between the two candidates. According to opinion polls, Zelenskiy is the favourite.

“I will fight for the presidency with the person who we undoubtedly chose as President of Ukraine in 2014. And the hardest thing, and that is true, I myself voted for Mr. Poroshenko. But I made a mistake,” Zelenskiy said.

“There are two Poroshenkos. The first one is a brilliant speaker, specialist, financial expert, he knows everything and he appears in front of the cameras. But when the cameras are off, another man appears. First Poroshenko screams on Mikhailovsky Square: ‘Putin, I will show you!’ But another Poroshenko through Mr. Medvedchuk says hello to Moscow,” he added.

“How are you planning to act as a commander-in-chief? Your team said that you started the training as a young starter. It is a good statement. But you should have made it 4 years ago in 2014 when Ukraine needed the efforts of all volunteers. But Volodymyr didn’t reply to all the drafts from the military conscript office,” Poroshenko retorted.

Zelenskiy won the first round of the presidential election on March 31, garnering some 30 percent of the vote. He will face Poroshenko in the run-off election on April 21.

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The televised debate between Incumbent Ukrainian President and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko kicked off at Kiev’s 70,000-seat Olympic stadium on Friday.

This will be the first and only debate between the two candidates. According to opinion polls, Zelenskiy is the favourite.

“I will fight for the presidency with the person who we undoubtedly chose as President of Ukraine in 2014. And the hardest thing, and that is true, I myself voted for Mr. Poroshenko. But I made a mistake,” Zelenskiy said.

“There are two Poroshenkos. The first one is a brilliant speaker, specialist, financial expert, he knows everything and he appears in front of the cameras. But when the cameras are off, another man appears. First Poroshenko screams on Mikhailovsky Square: ‘Putin, I will show you!’ But another Poroshenko through Mr. Medvedchuk says hello to Moscow,” he added.

“How are you planning to act as a commander-in-chief? Your team said that you started the training as a young starter. It is a good statement. But you should have made it 4 years ago in 2014 when Ukraine needed the efforts of all volunteers. But Volodymyr didn’t reply to all the drafts from the military conscript office,” Poroshenko retorted.

Zelenskiy won the first round of the presidential election on March 31, garnering some 30 percent of the vote. He will face Poroshenko in the run-off election on April 21.

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