Russia puts Ukraine's presidents Zelenskiy & Poroshenko on “Wanted” list

20:00 04.05.2024 •

Russia has opened a criminal case against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (photo) and put him on a wanted list, the state news agency TASS reported on Saturday, an announcement Ukraine dismissed as evidence of Moscow's "desperation".

TASS reported that the Russian Interior Ministry database showed Zelenskiy was on a wanted list but gave no further details.

The Russian interior ministry has listed the Ukrainian president among people suspected of committing a crime, RT informs.

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky appeared on the Russian Interior Ministry’s wanted list on Saturday. The exact offense he is charged with remains unclear.

The ministry’s website says the Ukrainian president is wanted under an article of Russia’s Criminal Code and contains his full name and photograph, as well as his date and place of birth. No data has been released about criminal proceedings against him.

Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of employing terrorist methods throughout the ongoing conflict between the two neighbors. Last month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said threats by Zelensky to destroy Russian civilian infrastructure were proof of his government’s terrorist intentions.

The Russian Interior Ministry has put former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko (photo) on a wanted persons list, according to the ministry’s database, TASS informs.

The former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has also been put on wanted list, the Russian Interior Ministry added. Poroshenko was the president of Ukraine in 2014-2019.

Poroshenko took office in June 2014, as the post-Maidan coup Ukrainian government was using military force in its attempt to quash a rebellion in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions. He was also the one to sign the Minsk Agreements, aimed at reconciling Kiev with the two Donbass republics that refused to recognize the post-coup government.

In 2023, Poroshenko claimed that the accords were used to buy extra time to arm Ukraine. The former president said that he turned to NATO to prepare for a conflict instead of following the Minsk Agreements’ peace roadmap.

"Petro Oleksiiovych Poroshenko, [born on] September 26, 1965. Wanted under an article of the Criminal Code," the entry read, without specifying the offense.

Poroshenko served as president of Ukraine from 2014 to 2019.


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