KYIV, Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned Sunday that Ukraine had acquired gives of help from Russian businessmen and that Kyiv would give refuge to anybody who backed his nation’s combat in opposition to Moscow.
Throughout an interview with Russian journalists Zelensky mentioned he had acquired alerts of help from Russian businessmen, together with Roman Abramovich.
The Ukrainian chief mentioned the businessmen had informed him they wished to “do one thing” and “assist in some way” to de-escalate Russia’s now month-long army assault on Ukraine.
“Some mentioned that they have been prepared to assist rebuild the nation after the conflict,” Zelensky mentioned throughout the interview carried out by journalists from a number of impartial Russian media.
Western nations together with america and the EU have imposed unprecedented sanctions in opposition to Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, together with inserting oligarchs and different people near Putin on sanctions lists.
Abramovich was among the many people listed below new sanctions adopted by the European Union final week.
Zelensky mentioned that some Russian enterprise had provided help within the hope of being excluded from penalties in return.
He additionally mentioned that Ukraine was ready to assist Russian businessmen who aided Kyiv’s combat in opposition to Russian troops.
“We’re prepared to offer them with safety after which present work and growth of their enterprise,” Zelensky mentioned.
Abramovich, 55, who purchased the Chelsea soccer membership in 2003, has denied claims that he purchased it on Putin’s orders, to develop Russia’s affect overseas within the early 2000s.
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