KIEV, April 16. /TASS/. The Olympic National Sports Complex said on Tuesday that the candidates for the Ukrainian presidency, Vladimir Zelensky and Pyotr Poroshenko, had agreed to rent the stadium for a face-off on April 19 between 9am and midnight.
"Yes, an agreement was signed, the stadium was rented between 9am and 00:00 on Friday, April 19," the stadium press service told Ukrainian News.
It has refused as of yet to disclose the rental cost and other terms envisaged in the agreement. Other details, including the access of citizens to the stadium, will be made public later, after the headquarters reach an agreement, the press service said.
The Zelensky headquarters said the issue of how many supporters of both contenders would participate remained open. The speaker of Zelensky’s headquarters in charge of the election campaign, Dmitry Razumkov, said it could be 30% of those supporting each of the contenders and 40% of people siding with none of the candidates. He said this ratio could change, but there must necessarily be a quota for those who do not directly support either of the candidates.
"Today, the headquarters of the presidential candidates held negotiations and a three-way agreement was signed with Olympic National Sports Complex for having a debate in the Olympic stadium on April 19," Poroshenko told 112 Ukraine television on Tuesday.
In the first round of Ukraine’s presidential race on March 31, the candidate from the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky received 30.24% of the vote, while Poroshenko, who seeks a second term, came in second with 15.95%. The runoff is scheduled for April 21.