Oksana Marchenko, a well-known TV presenter and the wife of Viktor Medvedchuk, who is the head of Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life, has decided to join the political force in order to defend herself against illegal attacks by the authorities using "political weapons."
She stated this in her video message on the YouTube channel, commenting on the sanctions against her imposed by President Zelensky.
"It is difficult to comment on the unconstitutional, repressive and stupid decision of the current guarantor, which he did not look like to me in 2003, when one summer, together with his numerous company, including the Shefir brother and other artists, he came to my house asking for a job. I was hospitable and helped with a job. At the end of 2003 they started to appear on 1+1 TV channel. I hope everything was good. But the key word here is "was," because you are the past now. By signing illegal documents, you are knocking another nail in your miserable political coffin, and as for me and my family, we are the future of a peaceful and prosperous Ukraine, in which all citizens will be protected from lawlessness and live happily. We are law-abiding people who love their country, we have no doubt that now we have even more supporters," Marchenko said.
She stressed that she saw the protection of the Ukrainian people from "green" arbitrariness and lawlessness as her main task in politics.
"My husband is a Doctor of Law, an academician of the National Academy of Legal Sciences, a politician who makes you panick and you are right to do so. My husband is a man I am proud of and until yesterday I was only a wife, a rear guard, a mother. But you, without realizing it, forced me to take up political weapons to stand next to my husband and go to our common goal together. Now instead of Medvedchuk, you also got Marchenko, who never aspired to politics, but you left me no choice. As of today, I am joining the Opposition Platform - For Life party, where I see my main task in protecting the Ukrainian people from "green" arbitrariness and lawlessness."
She also addressed all supporters in Ukrainian.
"Brothers and sisters, Ukrainian men and women, Zelensky and his henchmen are not fighting against us. They have declared war to all of you - to Ukrainians. Thgey have taken your land and subsoil, as well as freedom, and they will soon take your houses away because you will not be able to pay for the new tariffs. And then they will take your life. They do not need you on this earth, because they have already put it in overseas pawnshops. I have chosen to serve the people, and therefore I will protect all those who do not want to be beggars on their own land. Because I cannot bear to watch you being mistreated without a pained heart. Remember: God is with us. So who is against us? And also: no fake sanctions will be able to stop the work of my charitable foundation," Marchenko summed up.
Oksana Marchenko also posted a statement on her Instagram in English.
"I am Oksana Marchenko, historian, journalist, TV presenter, for more than 20 years wife of Ukrainian opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk, professor, academician, people's deputy of Ukraine, head of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party, and lawyer of Ukraine. The Administration of President Zelensky is pursuing a repressive policy absolutely violating all possible laws and the Constitution against democracy, human rights and freedoms and freedom of speech in our country," she said.