Presidential Debate 2019: Update on format, situiation around Kyiv's Olympiyskiy Stadium (Photo)

15:20, 19 April 2019
Kyiv
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Photo from UNIAN

The debate will begin with a 5-minute speech by each candidate, after which they will answer three questions of debate moderators, have 60 seconds to ask their own question and 5 minutes to answer that of the opponent's.

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On Friday morning, April 19, police units as well as several TV crews and trucks with television equipment arrived at Kyiv's Olimpiysky Stadium.

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There are a lot of police around the stadium, and several trucks with television equipment alongside Velyka Vasylkivska Street, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda reported on April 19.

UP, Valentyna Romanenko

No crowds are seen yet in the area near the stadium. The traffic has been blocked along Velyka Vasylkivska Street from intersection with Dilova and Saksaganskogo Streets. Metal detectors frames have been installed as was the case with the Champions League final.

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Two stages have already been installed at the stadium, opposite one another. The fan zone was divided for the sake of security, according to the police. Nearly 60,000 people are expected to attend the event. Spectators will be allowed access to the stadium three hours before the event start.

UP, Valentyna Romanenko

The nearest subway stations will operate in a restricted mode, the TV news service TSN reported.

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Access to the Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho and Olimpiiska subway stations will be restricted from 18:00 to 19:00. But the Palats Sportu subway station will work without changes.

The police, the National Guard, the SBU Security Service and rescuers will be ensuring law and order during the debate. In general, 10,000 law enforcement officers have been involved, according to the National Police.

Nine streets near the stadium will be blocked until 22:00, namely Velyka Vasylkivska, Zhylianka, Shota Rustaveli, Saksaganskogo and Esplanadna streets. Public transport will also run with changes. Moreover, the subway schedule will also change.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the headquarters of presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky continue to actively negotiate the debate format that will take place at Kyiv's Olimpiysky Stadium today, April 19.

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