President Zelensky posted on social media a photo of Viktor Medvedchuk with the caption, “A special operation was carried out thanks to the SBU. Well done! Details later. Glory to Ukraine!” written under it.
Courtesy: Office of the Presidency of Ukraine
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the arrest of Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Kremlin politician, who was living in Ukraine.
“A special operation was carried out thanks to the Department of Internal Security,” Zelensky wrote in Russian on his verified account on the social networking platform Telegram, referring to the Ukrainian Security Service.
“Well done! Details later. Glory to Ukraine!” Zelensky said.
Above that comment, Zelensky posted a photo showing a disheveled Medvedchuk sitting next to a radiator with his hands in handcuffs.
Medvedchuk, the leader of a pro-Russian opposition party in Ukraine and a staunch opponent of Kyiv’s calls to join NATO, has very close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.
Some Experts speculate That if Putin had planned to install a puppet leader after overthrowing the Ukrainian government, Medvedchuk would be on the short list.
Ukraine’s Security Service posted Medvedchuk’s photo on its official Twitter account, along with an smug warning to other Russians allied with Ukraine.
“You can be a pro-Russian politician and work for the aggressor country for years. You may have been hiding from justice lately. You can even wear a Ukrainian military uniform for camouflage… But will it help you escape punishment? Not at all. ‘The shackles are waiting for you,’” the Secret Service tweeted In Russian.
“And on the same Ukraine traitors as you! Pro-Russia traitors and KGB agents, remember – your crimes have no statute of limitations. No hiding places, wherever we find you!” The agency tweeted.
The tweet thread on Twitter included a statement from Ukrainian intelligence chief Ivan Bakanov, in which he thanked the officers “who demonstrated their professionalism and conducted a lightning-fast and dangerous multi-level special operation to arrest” Medvedchuk.
According to a translation of the agency’s tweets, Bakanov said: “No traitor will escape punishment and will be held accountable under the law of Ukraine.”
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