Russia puts Ukrainian Zelenskiy on its wanted list

MOSCOW: Russia has opened a criminal case against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and put him on a wanted list, 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 Ukrainian Foreign Ministry noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself was arrested on a warrant from the International Criminal Court.

“We would like to remind you that, contrary to the worthless Russian announcements, an order from the International Criminal Court for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on suspicion of war crimes is very real and is subject to implementation in 123 countries,” it said Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. a statement.

It said the Russian announcement was “evidence of the desperation of the Russian state machine and propaganda, which cannot think of any other way to attract attention.”

Russia has issued arrest warrants for a number of Ukrainian and other European politicians since the start of the conflict with Ukraine in February 2022.

Russian police listed Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Lithuanian Culture Minister and members of the previous Latvian parliament in February for destroying Soviet-era monuments.

It also issued an arrest warrant for the International Criminal Court prosecutor who prepared Putin’s war crimes order last year.