A Russian court have ordered the arrest in absentia of two Ukrainian ministers on Tuesday, after they were charged with violating Russia’s territorial integrity.
Iryna Vereshchuk, the deputy prime minister of Ukraine, and Emine Dzhaparova, the deputy foreign minister, have been requested to be detained in absentia by the FSB security service.
“The request has been granted,” Anastasia Romanova, spokeswoman for Moscow’s Lefortovsky district court, told reporters.
Russia announced in September that it had annexed four regions of Ukraine that its soldiers only partially controlled; after organizing phony referendums in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.
In spite of the war, senior Ukrainian political figures, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, have traveled around the nation; this is also including the areas Moscow claimed to have seized.
Zelensky visited the nearby town of Sloviansk on his most recent trip on Tuesday.
After Kiev’s forces reclaimed the city in November, Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s minister for the reintegration of the occupied territories, visited Kherson.
Dzhaparova, a Crimean Tatar, promotes issues related to the ethnic minority on the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia is 2014; she also calls for international support for the “de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine”.
Both women have also been put on Russia’s wanted list.
In response to the Russian security service’s request Dzhaparova quipped that Moscow had recognised “the effectiveness of my work.”