Roman Abramovich “negotiated humanitarian corridors and saved the lives of Ukrainian civilians”
Roman Abramovich saved the lives of Ukrainian civilians by brokering humanitarian corridors out of Mariupol and other besieged towns, an official said.
David Arakhamia, Ukrainian MP and Kyiv’s chief negotiator, made the comments about the Russian oligarch and former owner of Chelsea football club during an interview with US broadcaster Voice of America.
He said: “Most of the deals have been done through him. He did a good job with the humanitarian corridors of Mariupol, Berdyansk, Zaporizhya, but could not help with the corridors of Bucha and Makarov, northern Kyiv and Chernihiv regions.
Abramovich accepted a Ukrainian request to help negotiate an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in March, but suffered suspected poisoning.
Roman Abramovich saved Ukrainian civilian lives by brokering humanitarian corridors out of Mariupol and other besieged towns, official says
He had never been associated with the creation of humanitarian corridors, The Telegraph reported. Abramovich had no comment.
Russian forces have directed their firepower towards eastern and southern Ukraine in recent weeks since their failed attempt to take the capital Kyiv after a February 24 blitz invasion.
The worst of the fighting continues to unfold in the eastern industrial region of Donbass, with fighting raging in villages outside the city of Severodonetsk, which Russia has been trying to seize for weeks.
In Lysychansk, Governor Gaiday said watching his hometown of Severodonetsk being bombed and people he knew dying was “painful”.
Evacuees stand under a destroyed bridge as they flee the town of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, on March 7
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the opening ceremony of new health facilities in several regions of Russia, via video link in Saint Petersburg
Arakhamia added that Abramovich could be asked to set up a corridor out of the Azot chemical plant where 568 civilians, including 38 children, are sheltering in bunkers.
He said: “As soon as the opportunity arises, I will definitely call Abramovich to protect Ukrainian interests.”
Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea Football Club, which he bought in 2003, as the economic net tightened around Moscow.
It comes as the British Army’s top general has told his troops to prepare to fight and defeat Putin’s armies in a European ground war.
General Sir Patrick Sanders, who took overall command of the British Army this week, warned soldiers “we are the generation that must prepare the army to fight again in Europe” as the Russian invasion of the Ukraine is shaking global stability.
General Sir Patrick Sanders has warned his troops to prepare to fight and defeat Putin’s armies in a European ground war
In a resounding message to British troops, he wrote: “I am the first Chief of the General Staff since 1941 to take command of the army in the shadow of a ground war in Europe involving a continental power. The scale of the persistent threat from Russia shows that we have entered a new era of insecurity.
“It is my singular duty to make our military as lethal and effective as possible. The time has come and it is up to us to seize the opportunity.
Putin mocked Europe’s former Soviet states this week, saying: “They are part of historic Russia.”
Putin made the comments in response to a dramatic statement by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who sensationally said he does not recognize the self-declared people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
Tokayev, sitting meters away from the brooding Russian despot at the St Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF) yesterday, described the DPR and LPR as “quasi-state territories”.
“We do not recognize Taiwan, Kosovo, South Ossetia or Abkhazia…we apply this principle to the quasi-state territories which we believe are the people’s republics of Luhansk and Donetsk,” the official said. Kazakh president in a bold challenge. of Putin’s war in eastern Ukraine.
The Russian president sat quietly, considering Tokayev’s comments, before appearing to deliver a calm but quietly threatening warning.
“What is the Soviet Union? Putin asked rhetorically. “This is historical Russia.”
He then described Kazakhstan as a friendly nation of Russia, but quickly added: “The same could have happened with Ukraine, but they wouldn’t be our allies.”