Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators suffer symptoms of suspected poisoning

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning after a meeting in Kyiv earlier this month, people familiar with the matter said.

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Following the meeting in the Ukrainian capital, Abramovich, who shuttled between Moscow, Lviv and other trading venues, as well as at least two senior members of the Ukrainian team developed symptoms including eyes red, constant, painful tearing and peeling skin on their faces and hands, people said.

They blamed the alleged attack on hardliners in Moscow who they said wanted to sabotage talks to end the war. A person close to Abramovich said it was unclear who targeted the group.

Abramovich and Ukraine’s negotiators, including Crimean Tatar lawmaker Rustem Umerov, have since improved and their lives are not in danger, the people said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who met with Abramovich, was unaffected, they said. Zelensky’s spokesman said he had no information about possible poisoning.

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