She said she had a Ukrainian father and a Russian mother who were never enemies, adding that the necklace she wore – in the colors of the Russian and Ukrainian flags – was a symbol of Moscow’s “need to stop this nepotistic war.”
“Unfortunately, for the past few years I have worked for Channel One and worked on Kremlin propaganda,” he said. “I am very ashamed of this right now – I am ashamed that I lied to people from the TV screen, I am ashamed that I allowed the Russian people to become lazy.”
Referring to Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in 2014 and later Ukraine’s eastern provinces, as well as the Kremlin’s poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in 2020, Ovsyannikova said, “We watched this inhumane regime in silence.”
“Now the whole world has turned away from us, and our next 10 generations will not wash away the shame of this brotherly war,” he said.
“We Russian people are thinking, intelligent people. It is only in our power to stop all this madness,” he concluded. “Go protest. Don’t be afraid of anything. They can’t throw us all in jail.”