Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky has said he plans to hold a debate with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko on April 19.
"My debate with Poroshenko will take place at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium on April 19. I will be able to ask him any question," he said in a new video message posted on Telegram channel.
Zelensky also urged to write him questions in the comments that are worth asking Poroshenko.
On April 7, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he would wait for presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky to debate at Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy Stadium on April 14.
"On April 14, next Sunday, at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium, exactly where Mr. Zelensky proposed, I'm waiting for him to hold a debate. I think 19:00 or 20:00 will be the best time. I invite the audience and all TV channels for the debate to be held as Volodymyr Zelensky wanted not to let him leave this proposal," Poroshenko told Ukraina TV channel.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 3, Zelensky declared his readiness to come to the debate with Poroshenko ahead of the runoff, however, he voiced a number of conditions. In particular, he said, the debates should be held at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, "before the people of Ukraine", and with all TV channels being able to air the event live, while both candidates must undergo a medical exam and prove to the people that there are "no alcoholics or drug addicts" among them.
Poroshenko agreed to hold the debate with Zelensky at the stadium.
On April 4, speaker of the election headquarters of incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Oleh Medvedev, said that Poroshenko had invited Zelensky at the Olimpiyskiy health center to pass the relevant tests.
In turn, Zelensky's headquarters rejected a proposal to take a blood test at the health center and announced he would come to a private lab.
On Friday morning, April 5, Zelensky passed blood tests at a private clinic Eurolab.
Presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko passed the relevant tests at the Olimpiyskiy health center.