The Speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, told Rossiya’24 news channel on Monday Ukrainian policymaking was not in the hands of the country’s genuine patriots at the moment but these dark times would pass someday, TASS reports.
"Ukraine is in the grips of dark times now but I’m confident they will pass someday," she said. "Individuals of a different mold are reigning their now. They are not patriots who would conduct pro-Ukrainian politics and think about the rank-and-file citizens."
Still she voiced the hope the country had many soberly thinking people all the same. "They are alarmed by the bloodshed and condemn the death of almost 10,000 Ukrainians in this fratricidal war. They speak for peace and for stopping the bloodshed."
Matviyenko stated however that the people holding the helm of power in Ukraine at present pursued the entirely opposite objectives and tasks.
"And yet I feel confident these dark times will pass," she said.