Contents tagged with Medvedchuk

  • Ukrainian media publishes wiretaps of Medvedchuk's conversations with Poroshenko and Donbas militants

    In the summer of 2014, Viktor Medvedchuk was in constant contact with the Kremlin and the representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, report journalists of Bihus.Info, who claim they have received recordings of Medvedchuk's phone conversations with Donbas militants.

    Medvedchuk said he was carrying out negotiations at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko,

    Journalist Denys Bihus does not disclose the source …

  • Kyiv ready to exchange Putin’s friend Medvedchuk for Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia

    Ukraine can exchange the head of of the party "Opposition Platform - For Life" Viktor Medvedchuk, arrested on suspicion of treason, for Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia, said the Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, Oleksii Danilov.

    "The decision on the exchange is made by the President of Ukraine. I think if we can do that, we'll be happy to do it," Danilov said.

    Medvedchuk is currently under house arrest. His house and the office of the "Opposition Platform" were …

  • Ukrainian court places Putin’s friend Medvedchuk under house arrest

    The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv placed under house arrest Ukrainian politician and leader of the Opposition Platform for Life party Viktor Medvedchuk, reported the news website Graty.

    The prosecution demanded Medvedchuk's arrest. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine was ready to release Medvedchuk on a 300-million-hryvnia bail (about $10 million). The politician said that he does not have such money.

    "I will not be able to pay this money, because me and my wife were subjected to …

  • Kremlin: Russia is closely watching prosecution of Medvedchuk in Ukraine

    Russia is not going to interfere in the internal affairs of Ukraine, said the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the charges brought against the head of the political party Opposition Platform for Life, Viktor Medvedchuk.

    "Of course, we are watching this very thoroughly," Peskov said, adding that Moscow would like to make sure that it is not about persecution for political reasons, about "some kind of campaign" associated with the desire to get rid of competitors.

    "This would …

  • Ukraine imposes sanctions against Putin's friend Medvedchuk and his wife

    The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has imposed sanctions against the Ukrainian politician, MP, leader of the political party “Opposition Platform for Life”, Viktor Medvedchuk.

    Medvedchuk is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he refers to as "a personal friend"

    Medvedchuk's wife Oksana Marchenko was also put on sanctions list. The list includes another Ukrainian citizen, five Russians and 19 companies. Secretary of the National Security Council Oleksiy …

  • Kremlin: Ukraine is part of ‘Russian world’

    Ukraine is part of the "Russian world," said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, RBC news agency reports.

    "It would be extremely stupid to deny cultural ties, historical ties, common roots of Ukraine and Russia," Peskov said. According to him, "Ukraine goes in the direction of denying this unity”. "And we don't like it," Peskov said.

    Responding to a question how  Russia plans to protect the "Russian world," Peskov said that Moscow intends to use "soft power" to do so. Peskov …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky shuts down pro-Russian TV channels defying Putin

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky exercised the resolution of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), imposing a 5-year ban on the work of three Ukrainian TV channels: ZIK, NewsOne and "112 Ukraine." On paper these channels belong to the MP Taras Kozak. In reality, they are controlled by a close associate of Russian President Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk. Zelensky insist the actions were necessary to counter anti-Ukrainian propaganda, which is financed by Moscow.

    In the end, the …

  • Putin: rapprochement between Russia and Ukraine is inevitable

    In an interview for a new film by American Director Oliver Stone "In the struggle for Ukraine" (Revealing Ukraine) Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the rapprochement of the Russian Federation with Ukraine is inevitable, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

    Putin noted that eventually Moscow and Kyiv will "develop more than friendly" relations.

    "I think it's inevitable. In any case, it is necessary to build normal, friendly, and I would even say, more than friendly, partner relations. …

  • Medvedchuk: Zelensky could have Ukrainian prisoners in Donbas released within 5 days

    Viktor Medvedchuk, head of the Ukrainian political party “Opposition Platform – For Life” and a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, told 112 Ukraine in an interview that since May 2018 he has not been involved in the humanitarian subgroup for the Donbas.

    Medvedchuk said that the day before the last prisoner exchange (27 December 2017), President Petro Poroshenko have him a guarantee that the next stage of the exchange would be done in the format “all candidates for all …

  • Medvedchuk claims DPR and LPR agree with his plan for 'autonomous Donbas'

    The Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, chairperson of the Opposition Platform – For Life party’s political council and a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has claimed that the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) have provisionally agreed to the plan he proposed for the Donbas.

    “I am confident that, if we implement the possibility of peace in the Donbas and end the combat, our plan concept, for which Donetsk, Luhansk and Moscow have already given their …