Ukraine arrested Viktor Medvedchuk, pro-Putin politician

President Zelenskyy posted on social media a photo of Viktor Medvedchuk with “A special operation was carried out by the SBU. Well done! Details later. Glory to Ukraine!” Written below.

Courtesy: Office of the Presidium of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday announced the apparent imprisonment of Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Kremlin politician living in Ukraine.

Medvedchuk had been under house arrest since last year for treason, but would escape shortly after Russia launched its invasion. His lawyers have denied crimes.

“A special operation was carried out by the SBU,” Zelenskyy wrote in Russian on his verified account on the social media platform Telegram, referring to the Ukrainian Security Service.

“Well done! Details later. Glory to Ukraine!” Zelenskyy said.

Above that caption, Zelenskyy posted a photo showing a restless Medvedchuk at a radiator sitting with his hands in handcuffs.

Medvedchuk, the leader of a pro-Russian opposition party in Ukraine and a staunch opponent of Kiev’s call to join NATO, has extremely close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.

Some experts have speculated that if Putin planned to install a puppet leader after he ousted the Ukrainian government, Medvedchuk would be on the shortlist.

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