Russia has put former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on its wanted list


FILE – Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks during her press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, April 2, 2019. Russia has put former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on its wanted list, Russian state media reported on Saturday, June 8, 2024, citing to the database of the Ministry of the Interior. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)

Russia has appointed the former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko were on the wanted list, Russian state media reported, citing the Interior Ministry database.

Russia’s state news agency Tass said Tymoshenko was on the wanted list on unspecified criminal charges.

She is reportedly aligning herself with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and its predecessor, Petro Poroshenkoon the same list, which also includes dozens of officials and lawmakers from Ukraine and NATO countries.

Tymoshenko and her Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party did not immediately comment on Saturday.

Mediazona, an independent Russian news outlet, reported that both Zelensky and Poroshenko had been on the list since late February.

Among other things on the list Kaja Kallas, the Prime Minister of NATO and EU member Estonia, who has fiercely advocated more military aid to Kiev and tougher sanctions on Moscow.

Russian officials said in February that Kallas is wanted over Tallinn’s efforts to remove Soviet-era monuments to Red Army soldiers in the Baltic nation, in a late cleansing of what many see as symbols of past oppression.

Russia has laws that criminalize the “rehabilitation of Nazism,” including punishing the “desecration” of war memorials.

Also on the Russian list are ministers from Estonia and Lithuania, as well as the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court prepared an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin last year on charges of war crimes. Moscow has also accused the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, of what it considers “terrorist” activities, including Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian infrastructure.

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