A Ukrainian politician who had close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin has just been released. Viktor Medvedchuk was released by Ukraine as part of a prisoner exchange deal.
It is claimed that Putin wanted to install Medvedchuk as the president of Ukraine after the war. The pro-Russian politician was released in a prisoner exchange that saw the commanders of the Azov war and 10 foreigners released.
Medvedchuk was arrested in April
Medvedchuk was arrested in April weeks after he escaped from house arrest in Kyiv. He is the chairman of the opposition party “Platform – For Life” in Ukraine.
According to a Ukrainian official, Russia has released more than 200 Ukrainian prisoners of war in Mariupol.
Medvedchuk Used Military Camps to Hide
Andriy Yermak, the head of the office of President Volodymyr Zelensky, confirmed that the released prisoners include the commander and deputy commander of the Azov brigade.
Medvedchuk, who was in hiding for 48 days, was arrested on Cosmonautics Day in April. Zelensky revealed that Medvedchuk has decided to leave Ukraine. “Well, this “astronaut” – in the bad sense of the word – the famous “Let’s go!” did not work.
Medvedchuk is one of the richest people in Ukraine
Zelensky was angry that it was a shame to use military camouflage as Medvedchuk tried to pretend to be a soldier. He also stressed that Medvedchuk fell within the rules of wartime as he chose to wear a military uniform. The MP is one of the richest people in Ukraine.
Medvedchuk was Putin’s best choice for Zelensky’s position
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Medvedchuk is believed to be Putin’s possible choice to become the new head of Ukraine replacing Zelensky as he is very close to the Russian President. At the start of the invasion, Moscow had plans to forcefully remove pro-West Zelensky from power and replace him with a more conservative, pro-Russian leader. Dr.
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