(Nieuwsnet/AP) – Russia has added Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to its wanted list, state media reported on Saturday, citing the Interior Ministry database.

As of Saturday afternoon, both Zelenskyy and his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, were on the ministry’s list of people wanted on unspecified criminal charges. General Oleksandr Pavlyuk, commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, is also on the list.

Russian officials did not immediately clarify the charges against either man.

Mediazona, an independent Russian news outlet, claimed that both Zelensky and Poroshenko had been on the list since late February.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed reports of Zelensky’s capture as evidence of “the desperation of the Russian state machine and propaganda.”

Russia’s wanted list also includes dozens of officials and lawmakers from Ukraine and NATO countries. Among them is Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of NATO and EU member state Estonia.

Russia’s list also includes the International Criminal Court prosecutor, who issued an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin in 2023 on war crimes charges.

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