Russian Roman Abramovich reportedly pushes Ukraine peace talks

Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has traveled to Kyiv to try to restart peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, according to a report — just days after another $7 billion worth of his assets were frozen.

Abramovich huddled with Ukrainian government representatives to try to revive talks that ground to a halt after the Russian retreat from Kyiv revealed evidence of atrocities against civilians, Bloomberg News reported Saturday.

The Russian billionaire — whose ties to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, go back to the 1990s — began acting as an informal go-between in the war in late February, attending a round of face-to-face meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, that ended March 29.

But since then, there have been few hopeful signs of a peaceful end to the crisis that began when Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 — and international pressure on Abramovich and other members of the Russian elite has only increased.

The Channel Island of Jersey, a well-known tax haven with a reputation for attracting foreign investors, last week became one of the latest entities to target the oligarch’s wealth, freezing $7 billion in assets.

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich (L) attends the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, Turkiye on March 29, 2022.
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (left) previously attended peace talks in Istanbul, Turkey on March 29, 2022.
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The French government also seized 12 residences owned by the billionaire in recent days, including a $120 million historic home on the ritzy French Riviera that housed King Edward VIII after he abdicated the British throne to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson in 1936.

Abramovich’s five-vessel fleet of superyachts — including the $600 million Solaris and the $700 million Eclipse — have been dodging European ports for weeks to keep the ships out of the authorities’ hands, and the former oil baron has gone begging to Hollywood and power- broker pals for help paying his bills, The Post reported.

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich attends the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, Turkiye on March 29, 2022.
Approximately $7 billion worth of Roman Abramovich’s assets were frozen at the Channel Island of Jersey.
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A rep for Abramovich told Bloomberg News that the oligarch was not in Kyiv but declined further comment.

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