Russia plans to reinstall Yanukovych – reports — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Ukrainian sources say the Russian government intends to reappoint former President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted twice in 2004 and 2014. The Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper reported on Wednesday that a Ukrainian intelligence source placed the former leader in Minsk, where peace negotiations have recently taken place between the Russian authorities. and the Ukrainian camps, and that he was preparing for a “special operation.”

The source said that “according to one of the scenarios“Moscow would try to declare it”ukrainian president“there. Another option would be to publish”an appeal on his behalf to the Ukrainian people in the near future“, said the outlet.

Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s office, decried the idea as proof that Russia will never understand Ukraine, calling Yanukovych a “political corpse.” The twice ousted former president is “an underdog so old with a toxic reputation that the mention of his name seems even more provocative, will certainly provoke only more resistance.

He compared Russians choosing Yanukovych to the idea of ​​”mass meetings of Russian tanks with flowerspoking fun at the idea that Ukrainians would welcome the Russian army on their streets.

Other names would have floated to be part of a “post invasionThe Ukrainian cabinet includes Eugene Muraev, a member of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, and Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch and godfather to Putin’s daughter. Muraev has previously denied any involvement in such a plan, pointing out that he had been under Russian sanctions since 2018.

Western speculators bet on Medvedchuk, although Podoliak dismissed both as “negative characters with a negative reputation.

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Yanukovych has a long history with politics not only in Kiev, but in Washington. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was sentenced to 7½ years in prison for unregistered lobbying and bank fraud related to work he did for Yanukovych, then President of Ukraine. A year before Yanukovych was forced to flee to Russia in 2014, Robert Mueller – the special counsel who prosecuted Manafort – also met with the leader. And US President Joe Biden claims responsibility for asking Yanukovych to step down in 2014.

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