Viktor Medvedchuk, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has issued a stark warning over the possibility of a nuclear war breaking out in Europe.
Medvedchuk, a pro-Kremlin Ukrainian oligarch who was released by Kyiv in a prisoner swap with Russia in September 2022, made the remarks in a wide-rangingarticle for Izvestia, a daily broadsheet newspaper in Russia.
The 68-year-old has close ties with Putin, who is believed to be the godfather of his youngest daughter. Medvedchuk was the former leader of a pro-Russian opposition party in Ukraine, and was detained in April by Ukraine’s state security service, or the SBU, after he fled house arrest while awaiting trial on treason charges.
Kyiv has stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship.
In the article, published on Monday, Medvedchuk began by saying that Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launched on February 24, 2022, was “not limited to Ukraine” and affected “many countries.”
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WNU Editor: The Ukraine press is not sympathetic to Viktor Medvedchuk’s views …. Medvedchuk writes article about Ukraine, threatening that war will spread to other European countries (Ukrayinska Pravda). More here …. Putin uses Medvedchuk article to threaten Europe with nuclear war (The New Voice of Ukraine).
As to what is my view.
No one is talking to the other side. There are no peace talks or ceasefires being planned. And there is certainly no discussion on the need to construct a new detente. All sides are now in war mode and no one is talking to the other side.
But IMHO this is the time to start the process of detente again. To at least begin some form of dialogue instead of keeping all the doors shut. Because the alternative if this is not done is too terrible to think about.
Update: Ukraine President Zelensky revoked Viktor Medvedchuk’s citizenship last week …. Zelenskiy Strips Citizenship Of Four Ukrainian Lawmakers, Including Putin Friend Medvedchuk (RFE).