After Russia rejected Kyiv’s proposal to exchange the Ukrainian businessman, a close collaborator with the Russian regime, for Ukrainian prisoners, it became so. Victor Medvedchuk who asks the Kremlin to accept On the other hand, free civilians are trapped in Mariupol.
“I, Viktor Medvedchuk, would like to address the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to appeal to the Ukrainians to exchange me for citizens imprisoned in Mariupol, who do not have a chance to safely exit through a humanitarian corridor,” Viktor Medvedchuk asks.
The arrest of Medvedchuk was announced on Tuesday (the twelfth) by the Ukrainian president via the Telegram messaging network, after the businessman escaped from house arrest on February 24, the day the “special military operation” began. in Ukraine.
Hours after announcing the arrest, Zelensky proposed to Russia to replace her with Ukrainians captured by Russian forces. “I propose that the Russian Federation exchange this man of theirs for our children who are now in Russian captivity,” Zelensky said.
The proposal was rejected by the Kremlin. Regarding the exchange, which was proposed with such fervor and joy by various dignitaries from Kyiv, Medvedchuk is not a Russian citizen, he is a foreign politician, and he has nothing to do with the special military operation. [na Ucrânia]Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the next day.
It should be noted that Medvedchuk’s sharing of this video takes place on the same day that another video was released, where Sean Benner, former British soldier, a native of Bedfordshire, moved to Ukraine about four years ago and was not indifferent to the Russian invasion. He joined the Ukrainian army but was captured by Russian forces in Mariupol.
Who is Medvedchuk?
Medvedchuk, 67, has been under house arrest since May 2021 on charges of high treason for revealing state secrets, doing business in the annexed Ukrainian Crimea, with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass, working for Russia and having “strong” relations with Russia. President Vladimir Putin.
Putin is the godfather of one of Medvedchuk’s daughters, whom Forbes considers the 12th richest person in Ukraine in 2021, with a fortune of $620 million (about 572 million euros).
Moreover, Viktor Medvedchuk is the founder of the pro-Russian Platform Party – For Life, which had 34 deputies out of 450 in the Verkhovna Rada before it was banned in March.
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