Noting that her Ukrainian father and Russian mother were never enemies, she said the necklace she was wearing – in the colors of the Russian and Ukrainian flags – was a symbol of Moscow’s need to stop “this fratricidal war.”
“Unfortunately, for the past few years I worked for Channel One and worked in the Kremlin’s propaganda,” she said. “I am so ashamed of this now—I am ashamed that I let people tell lies from the television screen, I am ashamed that I let the Russian people turn into zombies.”
Referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean lands in 2014 and then Ukraine’s eastern lands, as well as the Kremlin’s poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in 2020, Ovsyannikova said, “We have watched in silence this inhuman regime.”
“Now the whole world has turned away from us, and the next ten generations of our grandchildren will not wash away the shame of this fratricidal war,” she said.
“We Russians who think, are smart. Only in our power can we stop all this madness,” she concluded. “Go to the protests. Don’t be afraid of anything. They can’t imprison us all.”