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Ukraine: Zelenskiy promises to jail all oligarchs who break law04:48

Ukraine: Zelenskiy promises to jail all oligarchs who break law

Ukraine, Kiev
April 19, 2019 at 17:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy promised to jail all the oligarchs who break the law during the televised debate with incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at Kiev’s 70,000-seat Olympic stadium on Friday.

“I would like to ask absolutely clear about your values of democracy. How can you ask the question that a president should act as an executioner? Or with one phone call send people to jail? How and where you see Ukraine in five years, clearly, specifically, and what you want to do. Thank you,” Poroshenko said.

“Answering your question where do I see Ukraine in five years. I go for one term, and in five years there will be another president. I keep my fingers crossed that your entourage will no longer be in politics. Regarding Mr. Kolomoiskiy, I will say that all people who violate the law, all the Svinarchukis and Gladkovskys, and if Kolomoisky is among them, they will all go to jail,” he said.

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

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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Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy promised to jail all the oligarchs who break the law during the televised debate with incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at Kiev’s 70,000-seat Olympic stadium on Friday.

“I would like to ask absolutely clear about your values of democracy. How can you ask the question that a president should act as an executioner? Or with one phone call send people to jail? How and where you see Ukraine in five years, clearly, specifically, and what you want to do. Thank you,” Poroshenko said.

“Answering your question where do I see Ukraine in five years. I go for one term, and in five years there will be another president. I keep my fingers crossed that your entourage will no longer be in politics. Regarding Mr. Kolomoiskiy, I will say that all people who violate the law, all the Svinarchukis and Gladkovskys, and if Kolomoisky is among them, they will all go to jail,” he said.

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

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.