Frontman of the Okean Elzy group Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has stated that he would not participate in the presidential election. He stated this in his address, posted on the official YouTube channel of the artist.
"I have repeatedly stated: being in power as such, holding the presidential post as such is of no interest to me. I am interested in real changes in the country. And to dot the i's and cross the t's, to remove all questions, I officially declare: I, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, will not take part in the 2019 presidential election", - he said.
He believes that he is well aware that he can do more for the country now by "wearing jeans", than by "wearing a tie".
At the same time, he noted that he is not going to "stand aside".
"Every day, talking to people, I can feel their disappointment and despair. I see corruption and injustice corroding our country from the inside. I see unprincipled politicians and greedy officials making our country weaker. It does not have to be that way. And we can change this. My team and I will work to ensure that the pro-European forces win", - he noted.