Ovsyannikova stated that she was Ukrainian but “miraculously left” the country
Former editor of the Russian propaganda First Channel Marina Ovsyannikova told Medusa that she went to Ukraine with a “good idea” and later “miraculously left.”
According to the media woman, she planned to “help the authorities, record interviews with Zelensky, show Bucha and Kharkiv.” Ovsyannikova says she was in Ukraine from May 27 to 31. At first, she allegedly went to Odessa, “recorded interviews with people, everything was fine.” According to Ovsyannnikova, it “started” after arriving in Kyiv and announcing the press conference.
“Journalists started shouting that I was a Muscovite, an FSB agent, a propagandist, that there were no former propagandists, that I should be arrested. In the end, the Welt evacuated [me] in the most incredible ways. Out of fear, I even refused to meet with the adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko, who offered to conduct an interview instead of a press conference, he immediately took me to the Peacemaker base, and I fled. It was a kind of horror; we barely drove through Romania, I miraculously left,” said Marina.
On the site, she appears as an employee of the propaganda media of the aggressor country. The Peacemaker’s publication also points to “Ovsyannikova’s participation in the Kremlin’s special propaganda operations to ease the pressure of sanctions on Russia.”
At the same time, she noted that she “can understand the feelings of Ukrainians” and agreed that the people of Russia have a collective responsibility for the invasion of Ukraine.
Ovsyannikova also made a post on Facebook, in which she stated that she was not a “good Russian”, I am Ukrainian and therefore intend to change my last name to Tkachuk.
In addition, the media woman stated that she did not work for the FSB of the Russian Federation, that she was released due to “Macron, Zelensky, and American politicians,” and that she did not write propaganda texts on Russian television.
On June 1 in Kyiv in office of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, the press conference “Exposing from Marina Ovsyannikova: how the Russian propaganda works” had to take place. It was canceled half an hour after the announcement on May 31.
Ovsyannikova was also to attend a meeting with students at the Institute of Journalism of the Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. However, she immediately received a refusal from the management of the educational institution.
Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko believes that due to the scandal surrounding Russian propagandist Marina Ovsyannikova, the rules according to which Russians are allowed to enter the country should be reconsidered.
On the air of the national marathon, Tkachenko noted that back in March, he was skeptical about the excitement surrounding Ovsyannikova.
“Ever since the hysteria about Ukrainian Ovsyannikov’s courage arose on Ukrainian social networks, I have noticed that when Channel One starts showing what Ukrainian channels are showing now, then we will talk. And now I have a question, including for the German media, how can this journalist work for them? Does it meet the standards, having worked for so long on the propaganda “First Channel”, the information of which really kills. And what she is doing in Ukraine is a good question, obviously, it is worth reconsidering the rules according to which Russians are allowed to enter Ukraine.”