CEO of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) Zurab Alasania says his organization will not broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

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Having heard about UA:PBC's decision, other TV channels have begun to negotiate the possibility of broadcasting the sports event, Alasania added.