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The debates between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko didn’t raise much interest among Ukrainian voters

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Not many people were in the stadium, so the debates between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko evidently didn’t raise much interest among Ukrainian voters.

Kyiv’s Olympic stadium can host around 70,000 people, but only around 15,000-20,000 came to watch the debates.

For almost 4 million people living in Kyiv, the debates did not attract interest, despite the extensive media hysteria.

youtu.be/B1HO8LorzMY?t=864, www.vesti.ru/videos/show/vid/795309/cid/1/
web.archive.org/web/20190425114213/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1HO8LorzMY&feature=youtu.be&t=864, web.archive.org/web/20190425114214/https://www.vesti.ru/videos/show/vid/795309/cid/1/

According to the survey of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), the debates between presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Petro Poroshenko were watched or listened to by 80% of Ukrainians in some form or another.

The majority, 58% of respondents, watched the broadcast on television, while 20% watched or listened to the broadcast online, and 1.5% on the radio. Only 20% of respondents did not watch the broadcast.

Google Trends shows that on 14 April 2019, the second most-searched topic in Google Ukrainian was "Debates 14th of April", with more than 200k searches (second only to “Game of Thrones” in first place).

On April 19, when the debates took place, the five top-searched topics in Google Ukrainian were all about politics. The topic of the debates again featured in the top 5 on that day.

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Reported in: Issue 147
Date: 19.04.2019
Language: Russian Ukrainian
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: vesti.ru/
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