The two remaining candidates in Ukraine's presidential race underwent televised drug and alcohol tests on Friday, capping a week in which they traded jibes in tit-for-tat social media videos and goaded each other to agree to a live policy debate.
Ukraine's Poroshenko and Zelenskiy undergo televised drug tests
The two remaining candidates in Ukraine's presidential race underwent televised drug and alcohol tests on Friday (April 5), capping a week in which they traded jibes in tit-for-tat social media videos and goaded each other to agree to a live policy debate.
President Petro Poroshenko is facing Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience who plays a fictional president in a TV series, in a run-off on April 21 after neither obtained a majority of votes in the first round last Sunday (March 31).
Zelenskiy won nearly twice as many votes as Poroshenko, but the incumbent is fighting back by painting his rival as a lightweight who would put Ukraine's security at risk.
The comedian had demanded they both be tested for drugs after he accepted Poroshenko's challenge for a policy debate in an apparent attempt to up the ante in their rivalry.
Early on Friday, Zelenskiy, 41, was shown in a livestream on his Facebook page undergoing a blood test at a private laboratory.
An hour later, several television channels broadcast live footage of Poroshenko, 53, having his blood drawn by a medic in red scrubs in a room inside Kiev's main football stadium.
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