Ukrainian forces say they captured the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s close ally Viktor Medvedchuk, who was charged with treason and escaped house arrest in Ukraine in the early days of the war.
Medvedchuk, who led Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin Opposition Platform – For Life party aimed at steering the country away from the West, was arrested in 2021 on charges of treason and terrorist financing. He escaped house arrest after Putin declared war on Ukraine on February 24 and has been in hiding ever since. Putin is famous being a close personal friend of Medvedchuk and the godfather of his daughter Daria.
The head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Ivan Bakanov said in a Explanation on Facebook late Tuesday that the SBU had conducted a “rapid and dangerous multi-level special operation” to detain Medvedchuk. in one photo Medvedchuk, released by the SBU, is wearing a Ukrainian army uniform and appears disheveled and pale.
In his late night address on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed Medvedchuk’s arrest and said he was caught trying to disguise himself as a soldier. “If Medvedchuk has chosen a military uniform, he falls under the rules of war.” said Zelenskyy and offered to exchange him for Ukrainians in Russian captivity.
2014 the United States definitely Medvedchuk used his “resources or influence to support or act for senior Russian government officials” and sanctioned him after the Russian invasion of Crimea. In January this year, the US again sanctioned Medvedchuk along with other pro-Kremlin Ukrainian politicians. accusing her involvement in a conspiracy to establish a collaborator government after an imminent Russian invasion.
Zelenskyi has overseen a crackdown on Medvedchuk since he was elected president in 2019 on a pro-Western platform. In February 2021, the President sanctioned Medvedchuk and ordered three Kremlin-affiliated TV stations believed to be owned by them the oligarchs for allegedly promoting anti-Ukrainian propaganda from the air. As a result, Medvedchuk was charged with treason in May 2021 and then placed under house arrest, which Ukraine accused him of Selling military secrets to Moscow and exploiting Crimea’s natural resources under Russian occupation. Medvedchuk denied the charges.
In March of this year, after the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy suspended Medvedchuk’s partyalong with several others who have ties to Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s leaders TASS news agency from which he had seen the photos Medvedchuk released by the Ukrainians, but it is still too early to say if they are authentic.
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