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World The Latest: 14 hours?! Ukraine holds longest-ever news event

02:20  11 october  2019
02:20  11 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukrainian president's "media marathon" (all times local):

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day “media marathon” in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)© Provided by The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day “media marathon” in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

12:30 a.m.

Ukraine's president just can't stop talking.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy's aptly named "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court Thursday started over breakfast croissants. Then it continued through a burger lunch, dinner and past midnight snack time.

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The event was a tacit rebuttal to journalists who have complained Zelenskiy’s administration has been opaque, and have accused his press secretary of bodychecking or physically pulling them away from the president. But the effect was not always convincing.

At dusk, his office said he had already beat the record for a world leader's news conference. Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin and Hugo Chavez couldn't possibly compete with Zelenskiy's 14-hour feat.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks with journalists during in an all-day © Provided by The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks with journalists during in an all-day "media marathon" held in a food court in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

As some 300 journalists took turns at Zelenskiy's table, no question was off limits: his awkward phone call with Donald Trump, his ties to oligarchs, his troubled peace plan for eastern Ukraine.

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CBS News Campaign Reporter Bo Erickson noted that his language today marked a stark difference from what he would say on the matter last Friday in Los Angeles, when he was asked by reporters whether he would vote to convict the president if he were still in the Senate.

He flipped from Ukrainian to English and Russian. After a while, he started mixing them up. Stubble poked through his cheeks. Streetlights went out on Kyiv streets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day © Provided by The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

And Zelenskiy was still talking.

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2:25 p.m.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his country will "happily" investigate whether Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Zelenskiy told reporters Thursday that "we can't say yes or no" as to whether there was any interference without an investigation. He said it's in Ukraine's interest to determine what happened.

President Donald Trump asked Zelenskiy for such an investigation in a July phone call that has helped prompt an impeachment inquiry. Trump's claims that Ukraine allied with the Democrats in a plot to derail his 2016 presidential campaign, though no evidence of such a plot has emerged.

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The latest Gallup Poll - which was taken as reports of the president's call to Ukraine unfolded - came in at 87%. Maine Senator Susan Collins is one of the few 6:20 a.m. President Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow told CBS News that the latest whistleblower in the Ukraine call controversy does not

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during his long time talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.  Zelenskiy is giving an all-day © Provided by The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during his long time talks with journalists in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Zelenskiy is giving an all-day "press marathon" amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Zelenskiy said the U.S. has not provided any details of such interference.

He also said he will not publish the Ukrainian transcript of the July phone call.

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10:40 a.m.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says there was "no blackmail" in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that helped spark an impeachment inquiry.

Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Zelenskiy said that he only learned after their July 25 phone call that the U.S. had blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, top right, speaks with journalists during in an all-day © Provided by The Associated Press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, top right, speaks with journalists during in an all-day "media marathon" held in a food court in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Ukrainian President is holding an all-day "media marathon" in a Kyiv food court amid growing questions about his actions as president. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Trump asked Zelenskiy during the call to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, and Congressional Democrats believe Trump was holding up the aid to use as leverage to pressure Ukraine.

Zelenskiy said he thought the call would lead to an in-person meeting with Trump and wanted the American leader to come to Ukraine.

Zelenskiy is giving an all-day "press marathon" amid growing questions about his actions as president.

'He clarified it': Trump on Mulvaney backtrack after admitting to quid pro quo .
President Trump backed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney after he admitted to a quid pro quo agreement over military aid that was meant for Ukraine and then backtracked on the remark hours later. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.The chief of staff admitted to reporters Thursday that millions of dollars in U.S. military aid for Ukraine "was held up temporarily" for "completely legitimate" reasons. He also urged those concerned about the "quid pro quo" in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter to "get over it.

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