Ukraine’s Former Finance Minister And Central Bank Chief Among Officials Facing Russian Arrest Warrants

Former Ukrainian Finance Minister Aleksandr Shlapak and former central bank chief Stepan Kubiv are among the high-ranking former officials facing arrest warrants issued by the Russian Interior Ministry according to the ministry’s updated wanted list released on Tuesday.

The exact alleged offenses for which Shlapak and Kubiv are wanted have not been published but the arrest warrants state that they are wanted over violations of the Russian Criminal Code.

The announcements come after the ministry’s wanted list was also updated to include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who is wanted over an unspecified violation of the Russian Criminal Code and former President Petro Poroshenko who came to power following the Western-backed 2014 Euromaidan protests described by Moscow as a coup against Viktor Yanukovych.

The head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Aleksandr Litvinenko also faces an arrest warrant issued on Friday along with Shlapak and Kubiv.

Russian state-run media RT suggested the arrest warrants may be in response to unconventional tactics used by Ukraine with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying last month that threats made by Zelensky to destroy Russian infrastructure demonstrated the “terrorist” nature of Kyiv.

The move by Moscow is expected to further dampen prospects for a planned peace summit in Switzerland next month as neither side appears willing to compromise with Russia rejecting Ukraine’s demands to cede back occupied territory before negotiations begin and Ukraine arguing that freezing the conflict lines would only allow Russia to regroup for another future incursion.