Ukraine’s safety service mentioned on Tuesday that officers had detained Viktor Medvedchuk, a politician and oligarch seen because the Kremlin’s foremost agent of affect in Ukraine lately.
Mr. Medvedchuk disappeared shortly after the beginning of the battle and the Ukrainian authorities had been trying to find him.
Ivan Bakanov, the pinnacle of the Security Service of Ukraine, mentioned on Facebook that officers had performed a “lightning-fast and dangerous multilevel special operation” to detain Mr. Medvedchuk.
Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, mentioned he couldn’t verify that Mr. Medvedchuk had been arrested, in accordance to Russian state media. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine posted a photograph on Telegram that appeared to present Mr. Medvedchuk in handcuffs.
Mr. Medvedchuk’s arrest can be a major blow to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who’s reported to be the godfather to Mr. Medvedchuk’s daughter and counts him as certainly one of his closest allies in Ukraine.
A longtime influential participant in politics and enterprise between Ukraine and Russia, he was an adviser within the workplace of President Leonid Kuchma after Ukraine’s independence and took half in negotiations with separatists in japanese Ukraine after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Before the battle, Mr. Medvedchuk had been underneath home arrest on suspicion of treason, tried looting of nationwide assets and aiding and abetting a terrorist group, in accordance to native media.
A Ukrainian official, Mykhailo Podolyak, a member of Ukraine’s delegation for peace talks in Istanbul, said on Twitter that Mr. Medvedchuk had “regularly lied about the situation” in Ukraine, and “stole money and eventually became one of the initiators of the war.”
Oleksandr Chubko contributed reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine.
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