Russia Ukraine war: Roman Abramovich ‘poisoned together with Ukrainian arbitrators’

    Russia Ukraine war: Roman Abramovich 'poisoned along with Ukrainian negotiators'

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    The Chelsea owner is believed to have actually been poisoned together with Ukrainian authorities (Picture: Getty Images)

    The Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was poisoned together with Ukrainian arbitrators, it has actually been declared.

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Vladimir Putin ally and Chelsea FC owner was hit by symptoms after a suspected poisoning at a meeting in Kyiv earlier this month.

    Abramovich, and two senior Ukrainian officials, are said to have developed peeling skin on their faces and hands, red eyes, and constant and painful tearing, the paper reported.

    Quoting ‘people familiar with the matter’, it added that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has met with Abramovich, was not been affected.

    The lives of the Chelsea owner – who has been sanctioned by the UK government – and two male peace negotiators are not thought to be in danger from the apparent poisoning, blamed on an ‘unidentified chemical weapon’.

    The incident is likely to raise serious safety questions about the continuation of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine and President Zelensky’s involvement.

    Experts believe the suspected attack was intended to scare its victims, rather than cause life-threatening damage.

    Widespread reports have previously suggested Russian forces are attempting to assassinate Zelensky, but it is unclear who the target of the alleged poisoning was.

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    Abramovich has previously passed a handwritten note from Zelensky to Putin and is widely believed to be acting as a go-between for the two leaders.

    Russia has been widely blamed for a series of poisonings around the world, including a Novichok incident in Salisbury, the death of Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko and near fatal poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

    The investigative media group Bellingcat said the latest incident took place overnight from March 3 to 4, with three people experiencing ‘symptoms consistent with poisoning with chemical weapons’, including the Russian oligarch turned negotiator Abramovich.

    That was ten days before he was spotted waiting for a private jet at an Israeli airport on Monday, March 14.

    ‘Abramovich, along with another Russian entrepreneur, had taken part in the negotiations alongside Ukraine’s MP Rustem Umerov’, Bellingcat tweeted.

    Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich sits in a VIP lounge before a jet linked to him took off for Istanbul from Ben Gurion international airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14, 2022.

    Abramovich at an Israeli airport on March 14 – ten days after the incident (Picture: Reuters)

    The website stated the 3 males had actually just taken in water and chocolate– while another male who consumed the exact same things did not experience signs.

    It continued: ‘The settlement round on the afternoon of 3 March happened on Ukrainian area, and lasted up until about 10 pm.

    ‘Three members of the working out group pulled back to a home in Kyiv later on that night and felt preliminary signs– consisting of eye and skin swelling and piercing discomfort in the eyes– later on that night.

    ‘The symptoms did not abate until the morning.’

    President Zelensky’s representative stated he had no details about any believed poisoning, according to the WSJ.

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    It mentioned western specialists recommending it was challenging to validate if the signs were triggered by a chemical or biological representative or by an electromagnetic-radiation attack.

    Bellingcat declared the most likely reason for the signs was an ‘international poisoning with an undefined chemical weapon’, including that ‘microwave irradiation’ was another possible theory.

    It mentioned 2 chemical weapons specialists and a medical professional recommending the signs were‘most consistent with variants of porphyrin, organophosphates, or bicyclic substances’


    ‘The experts said the dosage and type of toxin used was likely insufficient to cause life-threatening damage, and most likely was intended to scare the victims as opposed to cause permanent damage’, Bellingcat tweeted.

    An individual acquainted with the matter informed Reuters that Abramovich had actually not enabled it to stop him working.

    The Kremlin has stated the oligarch played an early function in peace talks in between Russia and Ukraine however that the procedure was now in the hands of the 2 sides’ negotiating groups.

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