Volodymyr Zelensky delivering a speech during a press conference. File/ AFP
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered on Wednesday to swap pro-Kremlin tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk, who was arrested by Kyiv after escaping house arrest, for Ukrainians captured by Russia.
Medvedchuk, 67, counts Russian President Vladimir Putin among his personal friends and says the Kremlin leader is godfather to his youngest daughter Darya.
"I propose to the Russian Federation to exchange this guy of yours for our boys and our girls who are now in Russian captivity," Zelensky said in a video address posted on Telegram.
"And may Medvedchuk be an example for you. Even the former oligarch did not escape. What can we say about much simpler criminals from the Russian hinterland? We will get everyone."
Ukrainian authorities announced on Tuesday they had captured a prominent pro-Kremlin tycoon who escaped from house arrest after Russia's invasion.
Zelensky posted a picture online of a dishevelled-looking Medvedchuk with his hands in cuffs and dressed in a Ukrainian army uniform.
"A special operation was carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine. Well done!" Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
Security agency chief Ivan Bakanov said agents had carried out a "lightning-fast and dangerous multi-level special operation to detain" the Russia-friendly lawmaker, according to Agence France-Presse.
Medvedchuk, one of the richest people in Ukraine, is a hugely controversial figure for his close ties to Moscow.
He was being held under house arrest since last year on treason charges over accusations of attempting to steal natural resources from Russia-annexed Crimea and of handing Ukrainian military secrets to Moscow.
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The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Twitter, "The two volunteer paramedics (Cuba) and (Alaska) have left their jobs as a fashion designer and as a media person, to defend Ukraine."
A video shared on social media showed flood water gushing from an apartment building in Ankara along with furniture.
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Sheikh Sultan praised the efforts of the multi-sectoral Unesco Regional Office and their continuous initiatives to support children in the Arab world, stressing that Sharjah always seeks to enhance cooperation in this field.