Several Russian businessmen, including Chelsea club owner Roman Abramovich, have offered money to Kyiv, in part to support the army. At least that is what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed in an interview with various Russian media on Sunday.
So one of those signals came from Abramovich. The oligarchy is said to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and subject to European Union sanctions. “We got cues from him and some other businessmen who offered, ‘We can help somehow, we can do something,'” Zelensky said.
“Some have said they are ready to help rebuild the country after the war,” the Ukrainian president said. “We want to move our company to Ukraine, we live in England or somewhere in Switzerland. But how do we get rid of that sanctions list? ‘.There are those who won’t give their names and say that they, Kroes, want to help our army.”
Zelensky also emphasized that no matter which businessmen wish to donate money to support the Ukrainian army, Ukraine is ready “to guarantee their security, provide them with jobs and give their companies the opportunity to develop.” The president said he wanted to start a conversation about “changing the nationality” of these people.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Zelensky appealed to US President Joe Biden not to punish Abramovich because he could play a role in peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.