"I'm talking to Petro Poroshenko: you're calling me to have the debates – you've been dreaming I would run away, never reply, but this is not the case. I'm not [like] you [were] in 2014," Zelenskyi said.
Yet, Zelenskyi listed conditions for the debates.
"I am waiting for you here, at NSC Olympiyskiyi. The debate will take place before the people of Ukraine. All channels will have the right to broadcast live, all journalists will have the right to be present. The [presidential] candidates must necessarily undergo a medical examination and prove to the people that they are not alcohol or drug addicts. The country needs a healthy president," Zelenskyi said, standing at the stadium.
"As a sign of respect for a third of the citizens of Ukraine, you should publicly say that the debates will be held with presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi – neither with a puppet of the Kremlin or [oligarch Ihor] Kolomoisky, nor with an advocate of Russia, or a Little Russian, or one of mediocre people or a clown. You've got 24 hours. Think of it," Zelenskyi said.