Kateryna Umanets, the supporter of pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine appeared in a TV show in Russia, posing herself as a Ukrainian patriot and telling stories about the alleged level of poverty in Ukraine.
‘I am a Ukrainian, I came here wearing a vyshyvanka (the national embroidered shirt, - 112 International). I wear it here in Moscow all the time. I am the patriot of Ukraine, I love this country and I go there from time to time – like I did recently. Customs service workers searched all over my case and tore it inside out. Thank God they did not arrest me,’ she told the audience.
Answering the question about how things are in Ukraine, the woman said: ‘It’s very sad. Huge poverty. People use salt instead of money to pay for a bus ride,’ Umanets said.
The woman, who used to live in Melitopol, southeastern Ukraine, found and chaired an NGO called ‘The Undead Regiment’ – a pro-Russian entity supporting the separatist movement in Ukraine; she currently lives in Moscow.