Russia adds Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky to its wanted list – DW – 05/05/2024

Russian news agencies reported on Saturday that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had been added to a Kremlin wanted list.

While Russia’s Interior Ministry did not provide details of the charges against Zelenskyy, it said a case had been opened against him “under an article of the criminal code.”

The move is seen as largely symbolic as Zelenskyy is not on Russian soil.

Russia justified its invasion of Ukraine on the grounds that Kiev would supposedly oppress the country’s Russian-speaking citizens, with Russian President Vladimir Putin urging Kiev’s military to overthrow Zelenskiy in a national address the day after Moscow on 24 had launched its ‘special military operation’ in February. , 2022.

Last year, Zelenskyy said that at least “five or six” attempts to kill him had since been thwarted.

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

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is now on the Kremlin’s wanted list along with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja KallasImage: Andrew Kravchenko/AP/picture alliance

Zelenskyy joins Estonian Prime Minister Kallas in a huge database

The Ukrainian president joins tens of thousands of alleged criminals in the online database.

The list also includes other high-ranking politicians such as Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, who was accused by the Kremlin of “desecrating the historical memory” of the Baltic country for removing Soviet-era monuments from public spaces.

Kallas called them “symbols of repression and Soviet occupation,” which had “become a source of increasing social tension.”

On March 17, 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague – which Russia does not recognize – issued an international arrest warrant for Putin and Russian children’s rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova for their role in the kidnapping of thousands of Ukrainian children during the war.

Russia claims it was forced to ‘evacuate’ the children for their own protection.

ICC warrant for Russian kidnapping of Ukrainian children

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js/lo (AFP, dpa)