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Russia adds Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskyy to wanted list

Update : 05 May 2024, 15:58

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

Though the Russian Interior Ministry provided no details about the charges leveled against Zelenskyy, it said that a case had been opened against him "under an article of the criminal code."

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

Russia justified its invasion of Ukraine on the grounds that Kyiv was supposedly repressing the country's Russian-speaking citizens, with Russian President Vladimir Putin urging Kyiv's military to overthrown Zelenskyy in a national address the day after Moscow launched its "special military operation" on February 24, 2022.

Last year, Zelenskyy said that at least "five or six" attempts to assassinate him had been foiled since that time.

Ukraine's foreign ministry dismissed the reports of Zelenskyy's inclusion as evidence of "the desperation of the Russian state machine and propaganda." 

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