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Savchenko set to run for presidency

Social and Political Platform of Nadiya Savchenko will participate in parliamentary elections.

People's deputy Nadiya Savchenko is going to run for president and her political force will take part in the parliamentary elections.

"I am ready to take responsibility for the country and run in the presidential race. In addition, my political force [The Social and Political Platform of Nadiya Savchenko] will participate in the parliamentary elections," Savchenko stated in an interview with the Polish publication Krytyka Polityczna.

Savchenko said that she did not believe in political parties, but hoped that her newly-created political force will be able to "reset the ailing Ukrainian system of power."

Commenting on her plummeting popularity rating from 12% to 1–2%, Savchenko said she had no clue of where such figures come from.

"They must be gauging not my level of support, but the television, the rhetoric of the president, Yulia Tymoshenko and other politicians, including European ones, when they talk about me. My public image and myself are two different things," she noted, adding that she is "checking own support on the streets."

Savchenko passed to the Verkhovna Rada on the list of Tymoshenko's Fatherland. After the unsanctioned talks with the leaders of the "D/LPR" Zakharchenko and Plotnitskyy in Minsk, she was expelled from the faction and withdrawn from the Ukrainian delegation to the PACE.

Soon after that, she became the leader of the public platform RUNA (Revolution of the Ukrainian people), but the cooperation was soon terminated over the "fundamental ideological and structural-organizational disagreements."

On April 13, the lawmaker announced creation of her party Social and Political Platform of Nadiya Savchenko.