Russia places Ukraine as president on its ‘wanted’ list

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismisses reports that he has been added to Russia’s list of wanted criminals.

On Saturday, the Russian Interior Ministry’s “wanted persons” list grew by one with the addition of Zelensky’s name.

The online database contains alleged criminals wanted by Russian authorities.

This also includes Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Kyrylo Budanov, who heads Ukraine’s military intelligence service.

Russia has also listed former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian Ground Force Commander Oleksandr Pavliuk, The Kyiv Independent reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Russian Interior Ministry’s “wanted persons” list grew by one with the addition of Volodymyr Zelensky’s name. AFP via Getty Images

The database indicates he is wanted “under an article of the Criminal Code,” but provides no additional details.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov in St. Petersburg on April 26. AP

Ukrainian officials mocked the designation because it “reveals the desperation of the Russian state machine and propaganda, which does not know what else to come up with to attract attention,” the report said.

“We would like to remind everyone that, contrary to the worthless Russian announcements, the International Criminal Court (ICC) order for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on charges of war crimes is real and enforceable in 123 countries,” a statement said of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. said..

Zelensky has said he has been targeted for assassination at least five times since Russia’s massive invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.

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