‘There is no hiding, even in Africa,’ Ukraine warns the incoming Russian ambassador to Cape Verde, who is wanted for treason in Kiev.
‘Even in Africa, there is no hiding,’ Ukraine tells the prospective Russian ambassador to Cape Verde, who is wanted in Kiev for treason.
This article was co-written by Jonny Tickle.
Kiev has now lodged an official complaint with the authorities, alerting the Praia administration that Poklonskaya is facing many criminal charges in Ukraine.
“The former prosecutor of the Russian occupation administration in Crimea is wanted for treason against our state,” said Oleg Mykolenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. “Ukraine, the EU, the US, Canada, and Japan have all slapped sanctions against her. There is no such thing as hiding in Africa.” Poklonskaya, who escaped Ukraine in 2014, rose to fame during the Maidan uprisings and the annexation of Crimea as a vociferous pro-Russian supporter. Kiev has charged her of treason as a result of her defection and subsequent activities in the Russian administration.
She was elected to the State Duma after that, although she declined to participate in the latest elections. In an order signed on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin named her as ambassador to Cape Verde, an island off the coast of Africa.
She expressed her happiness following her appointment, describing diplomatic work as her “dream” job.
“While I’ve been away, I’ve been learning about the country,” she explained. “I recognize that it is a great country with nice and hardworking people, that it is a friendly country, and that our strong ties must be strengthened.” Following Ukraine’s warning shot, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova advised Kiev to mind its own business.
“Let them first try to impose Ukrainian justice on Ukrainian land, and then they’ll move on to Africa,” Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel.
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