Ukraine’s national presidential debates don’t offer much drama

In just three days, on May 25, Ukrainians will take to the polls to vote in the first presidential election since the EuroMaidan Revolution toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22.

Ukrainians have had a chance to learn more about the 21 candidates on the ballot from state television station First Channel, which has hosted a series of national debates over the past several weeks. In the debates, candidates gave answers to a series of prepared questions and participated in town hall-style forums, concluding with one-minute stump speeches.

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(Renat Kuzmin, the former deputy prosecutory general, and Oleh Lyashko, the nationalist Radical Party leader, participate in debates ahead of Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election. Photo: Provided)