The Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich, was poisoned along with Ukrainian mediators, it has been claimed.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Vladimir Putin supporter and Chelsea FC proprietor – who has been sanctioned by the UK government – was hit by symptoms after a suspected poisoning at a meeting in Kyiv before this month.
Roman Abramovich, and at least two elderly Ukrainian officers, are said to have developed shelling 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, wasn’t been affected.
The lives of the Chelsea proprietor and mediators aren’t allowed to be in peril.
Wide reports have preliminarily suggested Russian forces are trying to croak Zelensky, but it’s unclear who the target of the contended poisoning would have been.
Russia has been extensively criticized for a series of poisonings around the world, including a Novichok incident in Salisbury, Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko and opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
The investigative media group Bellingcat said the incident took place overnight from March 3 to 4, with three people passing‘symptoms harmonious with poisoning with chemical munitions’ including Abramovich.
‘Abramovich, along with another Russian entrepreneur, had taken part in the negotiations alongside Ukraine’s MP Rustem Umerov’, it tweeted.
‘The negotiation round on the afternoon of 3 March took place on Ukrainian territory and lasted until about 10 pm.
‘Three members of the negotiating team retreated to an apartment in Kyiv later that night and felt initial symptoms – including eye and skin inflammation and piercing pain in the eyes – later that night.
‘The symptoms did not abate until the morning.’