Oligarchs Are Leaving Ukraine on Charter Flights
Zelensky says they should be with their workers
Machine translated from Ukrainian.
Ukrainian oligarchs and businessmen leave Ukraine on charter flights, only on Sunday about 20 charters and private planes departed from Kiev.
Such a number of charters has not been seen in 6 years of observations.
Among the charters and private jets that left Ukraine on Sunday are the boards of Rinat Akhmetov and Boris Kolesnikov.
A private board for 50 people was also ordered by the deputy of the OPZh, millionaire Igor Abramovich.
According to the UP from two sources in the OPZh and two people who were offered to leave, this board should take relatives of party members from Kiev to Vienna, as well as Abramovich’s business partners. The UP reached out to him for comment.
At the same time, according to the UP, although one of Akhmetov’s planes took off from Ukraine on Sunday, the oligarch himself left the country on January 30 on a flight to Zurich.
On the same day, businessman Victor Pinchuk left Ukraine.
Businessman, MP Vadym Novynskyi left Ukraine on February 10 on a Kyiv-Munich flight.
On the same day, Alexander Yaroslavsky went abroad, whose motorcade knocked down a man to death.
On February 13, businessmen Andriy Stavnitser and Vadim Nesterenko flew out of Ukraine, on February 12 – Vadim Stolar and Vasyl Khmelnitsky.
The press service of Stavnitser told the UP that he flew on a business trip and would return to Ukraine the other day.
The press service of Khmelnytsky told the UP that he flew with the team for training and should return to Ukraine on February 20. They added that this tour was planned three months in advance and Khmelnytsky’s children remain in Ukraine.
Source: Ukrainska Pravda
Zelensky Tells Oligarchs, MPs to Return
President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to people’s deputies and oligarchs who left Ukraine to return within 24 hours to this crucial moment for the country.
Source : Zelensky during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
Zelensky’s direct speech:
“As for businessmen… You said, by the way, 30 charters only yesterday. This means that we have a rich country. The main thing is that they fly empty, not take something out of Ukraine.
People who are abroad, deputies of different parties… We must give them a signal from the state, the Verkhovna Rada, the speaker, I personally would like to ask them to return to the state within 24 hours. I think they should come back.
Otherwise, we all, as the state and the leadership, need to draw serious conclusions. And believe me, we will do them.”
Zelensky also addressed the oligarchs, noting that the state will not influence business, but believes that they should return to businesses and their employees.
- On February 13, the UE reported that Ukrainian oligarchs and businessmen were leaving Ukraine on charter flights, with about 20 charters and private jets departing from Kyiv on Sunday alone.
- As of noon on February 14, 23 deputies are not in Ukraine. [11 from the Opposition Platform which holds 44 seats.]
Source: Ukrainska Pravda