A new face in Ukraine's politics Svitlana Zalishchuk talks about the future of the post-Maidan Ukraine
‘During the last two years, this Parliament approved revolutionary legislations', firmly states Ukrainian lawmaker Svitlana Zalishchuk after emerging from Verkhovna Rada for an interview with Ukraine Today.
Zalishchuk is considered to represent the new Ukraine, she is a new face in the country's politics. Having previously worked as a journalist and an activist, the 34-year-old decided to run as a Member of Parliament after the Maidan protests had led to the ousting of President Yanukovych and his allies.
Zalishchuk was there when the mass demonstrations sparked, transforming into fierce and violent clashes with the riot police.
‘If you ask about one particular moment from Maidan, I'll choose this one. When the first person was wounded, we found out the hospital lacked the type of blood this person needed. We posted a short sentence on our Facebook page, and two hours later I read in the news, there was a line of 200 people, standing in front of this hospital, ready to give their blood', she shared her memories of the Maidan Revolution.
It was three years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Russia's sudden seizure of Crimea, covert attack on Ukraine's east.
What hasn't really changed, is the dire economic situation throughout the country. Our interview took place amid a wave of protests, reminding us the crisis still fully rages on in Ukraine.
When we previously spoke with the members of the government, they would often convey displeasure about the weak cooperation with the Parliament, saying crucial bills were not getting approved by the lawmakers.
There are two sides to every coin though, and Zalishchuk calls it ‘a normal political discussion', at the same time praising the work of the Parliament for its legislations in the anti-corruption field, such as the creation of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau or the e-declarations.
She also has an honest message to every Ukrainian.
‘Miracle is not going to happen. But how we can get out of this economic crisis, is step by step. Fighting corruption means investors come to Ukraine, means more jobs, means more taxes, means bigger budget. And it's not going to happen in one year', she concluded.
Watch the full interview to learn about the new Parliament's achievements and Zalishchuk's bumpy relations with the President.