Ukraine Presidential Contenders Hold A Stadium Debate

BBC: Ukraine presidential rivals trade barbs in stadium debate

Ukraine's rival presidential candidates have held a long-awaited head-to-head televised debate at Kiev's giant Olympic stadium.

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky and incumbent president Petro Poroshenko shook hands before launching scathing attacks on one another.

Mr Zelensky is the clear favourite for Sunday's second-round vote, polls say.

But Mr Poroshenko argues that he is a political novice unfit for such a demanding job.

Mr Zelensky has relied on a slick social media campaign to tap into the frustration of many younger Ukrainians with establishment politicians, cronyism and corruption.

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WNU Editor: Candidate Volodymyr Zelensky handled himself better than I imagine. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko was also OK. Will this debate change the outcome of Sundays election .... in my opinion no. Volodymyr Zelensky will win with a large margin and will be the next President of Ukraine. People want change, and they do not even care about issues like this one .... ‘He finds laughter in the tragedy’: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky set to become first Jewish president of Ukraine (The Independent).

More News On Yesterday's Presidential Debate

Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate -- Reuters
Rivals in Ukraine's presidential runoff debate at stadium -- FOX
Ukraine comedian vows to break old system in pre-vote debate -- AFP
Ukraine's presidential candidates debate ahead of elections -- DW
Ukraine's presidential rivals trade insults in raucous stadium debate -- The Guardian
Ukraine’s Presidential Contenders Clash In Raucous Stadium Debate -- RFE
'It Wasn’t A Debate': Six Takeaways From The Poroshenko-Zelenskiy Stadium Showdown -- RFE
Ukrainian Presidential Candidates Clash in Bad-Tempered Debate -- Bloomberg
Zelensky to Poroshenko: ‘I am not your opponent, I am your sentence’ -- TASS
About 22,000 attend Poroshenko-Zelenskiy debates at stadium -- Kyiv Post

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