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Russia adds Zelensky to list of ‘wanted’ criminals, Ukraine calls it an act of ‘desperation’

Moscow: Amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Russian Interior Ministry made an important announcement on Saturday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been added to Moscow’s list of ‘wanted criminals’. Zelenskyy’s inclusion on the “wanted persons” list reportedly falls under a specific article of the criminal code, according to The New York Times.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Oleksandr Pavliuk, have also been added to Moscow’s ‘wanted’ list, The Kyiv Independent report said. In addition, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence Kyrylo Budanov are also on the list.

On the other hand, a statement from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin by the International Criminal Court (ICC) is real, and not as worthless as Russian announcements, adding that the warrant is enforceable in 123 countries .

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

Meanwhile, Zelenskyy reported in his video address at least five assassination attempts since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

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