“Yeah, sorry, I have to quote this. There was one good thing that David Cameron said that ‘It feels like it’s the 1930s again, and even Putin can’t win’,” she said. “It really feels like everyone is just… I feel like West tries to silence everything down, like to talk less about it, to not escalate anything. But in reality, the reality that I’m living in, is everything is very far from being over. We are not in a good – not that we’re not in a good position now. We’ve never been in a good position because it’s completely unequal and terrible war.”
After spending two years in “survival mode”, Kostyuk explained: “People are incredibly depressed now and tired. I don’t feel like it’s stopping anytime soon, and I don’t feel like anyone is doing anything about it. I just feel like someone is benefitting big-time out of it, and we’re just out here.”
The world No. 37 also joined fellow Ukrainian Tsurenko in criticising players who competed in a Russian exhibition event last month, staged by state-owned energy giant Gazprom. France’s Adrian Mannarino and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut were among those who played in St. Petersburg, with several Russians also involved.