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World Ukraine says it recovers guns, cash from properties of pro-Kremlin politician

00:02  01 december  2022
00:02  01 december  2022 Source:   reuters.com

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KYIV (Reuters) - Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officials found weapons and Russian cash on Wednesday after searching properties in around Kyiv linked to a pro-Russian former politician, the agency said.

FILE PHOTO: Lawmaker Yevhen Murayev attends a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv © Thomson Reuters FILE PHOTO: Lawmaker Yevhen Murayev attends a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv

In a statement, the SBU said its searches of homes and offices belonging to Yevhen Murayev, who it said was "hiding from justice abroad", and his associates were part of a criminal investigation into treason.

Murayev's political party and a television channel under his control were seen as vehicles for Kremlin interests in Ukraine before Moscow's Feb. 24 invasion. The party, Nashi, was banned after Russian forces swept into Ukraine.

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He had promoted views that aligned with Russian narratives on Ukraine, including that the 2014 Maidan protests in Kyiv were a Western-backed coup and the Kremlin-fuelled war in eastern Ukraine that followed was an internal conflict.

Weeks before Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine this year, Britain's foreign ministry said Russia was considering installing Murayev to lead a new puppet government, a claim denied both by him and by Moscow.

The SBU said an independent analysis of Murayev's public statements "testify to the presence in his actions of signs" of treason.

It said the materials seized in Wednesday's searches would be examined further.

(Reporting by Dan Peleschuk; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Russia wants to use the winter to "regroup, repair, recover" so it can come back stronger, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the head of the Western military alliance, said on Wednesday that "what we see now is Russia is actually trying to have some kind of 'freeze' of this war at least for a short period of time so they can regroup, repair, recover.

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