Well-known Ukrainian TV presenter and politician Oksana Marchenko during a press conference for the Ukrainian media spoke about what her relationship with Volodymyr Zelensky was like before he became president, and how it has changed now.
Pershiy Nezalezhniy TV channel broadcasted the event.
According to Marchenko, being both on television, she and Zelensky helped each other.
"And then always, wherever we met with Zelensky...Well, whether when he was hosting Surkis's birthday, represented Viktor Medvedchuk or someone else, held a concert or something else, at some meetings, presentations - well, needless for me to say how the television world or the journalistic world is. I don't know how it is now, because I no longer work in the field, yes, as we call it, the studio, channels and so on, but we were all somehow connected, we helped each other," Oksana Marchenko recalls, noting that "human relations must exist and continue."
“Because life is round. And who knows, maybe one day he will have to turn to me for help again. As a Christian, of course, I will not refuse and will help, because I am a Christian,” she added.
However, according to the TV presenter "something happened to the person": "We all hoped that we will finally move forward, to European democracy and everything, to freedom, rights, law and so on. But I don't know what happened."
"Therefore, we drew a line somewhere. Or rather, the line lay between him and us. I don’t want, of course, to remember now the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, although I really like it, when you cannot come here, but we cannot go there. But this has already happened. And once again I say that no matter how respectfully I treated this team and these people then, their low threats that sound now, they are conveyed to us, they are just funny, and it is even surprising to me how those screenwriters do not understand that today one should not do this to people like me and my husband because we are honest citizens of our country. This is our homeland. Our Ukraine. And we live here. If someone does not like us, it’s democratic, it's okay, I can be disliked by you. I’ll still have the right for my own thoughts, as you have the right for your own," Oksana Marchenko said.
Earlier, Oksana Marchenko told how she helped the current President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to get a job on television.
According to her, in 2003, Zelensky, being a member of the Kvartal 95 KVN team, visited her with his fellow artists and asked for help with organizing regular TV appearances. "I was hospitable and helped with work. At the end of 2003 you started appearing on 1+1 channel," Marchenko said.