Last week while Savchenko was doing a televised interview a woman calling in demanded to know "why nobody in power was speaking about the Jewish yoke over Ukraine." Savchenko answered the question with a rant that began with the phrase, "If the people are speaking about it that means they are right," and concluded minute-worth of garbled, unintelligible nonsense: "Yes, the people in power, we do have to look at who really has Ukrainian blood and to talk about it. You can talk about it and think what must be done about it We must think and act."
In a follow up interview that took place in Kyiv on Monday, Savchenko was challenged about her statements on live television by Dmitry Gordon, a renowned Ukrainian television journalist. Towards the end of a half hour long interview, Gordon, who is himself Jewish, asked Savchenko "So, you do not like Jews?"
"I have nothing against Jews," she said. "I am against the 'Zhidi,' " using an ethnic slur for Jews.
Savchenko then continued to explain her thinking "that there are no bad people," there are bad people in every nation. There are Russians, and there are "katsaps" (Ukrainian slang for Russians), there are Poles, and there are "lakhs" (a historically racist term for Polish people). Savchenko also argued that Ukraine can not reasonably be considered an anti-Semitic country, as "when Jews who are 2 percent of the population occupy 80 percent of power."
Gordon continued to press her on whom she meant by "Jews in power" and Savchenko began pointing out that she had not done a DNA test and could only rely on family names. Savchenko answered the journalist's question: "[Prime Minister] Groysman, [President Petro] Poroshenko is actually Waltzman and [Former PM Yulia] Tymoshenko, whose maiden name [is] Jewish, plus deputies such as Bereza, Logvinsky. The authorities are not Ukrainian by blood because they are not concerned with the Ukrainian people," she argued.>>