Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Hope Savchenko, convicted and subsequently pardoned in Russia, called for early parliamentary elections in Ukraine, to “inject new blood” into politics. She stated this in an interview with the Associated Press.
According to Savchenko, “the Ukrainian people deserve a better government than the one that is there now.” She explained that the government has not met the expectations of the people after the change of government in February 2014.
Earlier on Friday, The Telegraph also published an interview with Savchenko. It again responded to a question about his presidential ambitions. Savchenko said that he has them, but everything will depend on people. “I am ready to work anywhere to make Ukraine stronger. If that needs to become President, then I become President,” she said.
Speaking about Russia, Savchenko urged the Western powers to take a clear position in relation to Moscow. She stressed that Europe and America must understand, “what if they don’t stop Russia on the border of Ukraine, then the next time it is on the border with Poland or at the border with Germany”.
Savchenko after returning to Ukraine regularly makes statements to the press and participates in the work of the Verkhovna Rada, the Deputy of which was during his imprisonment in Russia. The biggest response this week made her statement about the possibility of direct negotiations of Kiev with the leaders of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics. Some supporters of President Petro Poroshenko condemned her for saying that, as direct talks urged Russia and Ukraine refused to negotiate with “terrorists”.
Savchenko made a trip to the Donbass and met with the military. Even before she has said it is ready to take the post of President, but stipulated that he did not believe in his victory in the elections.