Vakarchuk says not to run for president

"I never stated my presidential ambitions."

Ukrainian pop singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has said that he is not going to run for president.

"I never stated my presidential ambitions. I am not going to do this today either. I am not interested in power as such. I never worked with any spindoctors, neither did I discuss, even hypothetically, any political plans with them. I never ordered a survey with any sociological company to check my presidential or any other political rating. I have a reserved attitude towards the publication of such ratings," he said in a video uploaded on YouTube.

He added that rumours about him being financed or "curated" by someone made him laugh.

He said that he went to Stanford to study not to "become a president" but so that he could have a deeper understanding of the developments.