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Russia Demands Extradition of Ukraine Security Chief and Others for Alleged Terrorism

NewsRussia Demands Extradition of Ukraine Security Chief and Others for Alleged Terrorism

In the latest development in the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, Moscow has demanded the extradition of several individuals, including the head of Ukraine’s SBU security service, Vasyl Maliuk, over alleged connections to “terrorist” activities.

This demand comes amidst a backdrop of heightened accusations and counter-accusations between the two neighbouring countries.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement listing a series of violent incidents that have occurred in Russia since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

These incidents include bombings that claimed lives, including the daughter of a prominent nationalist figure and a war blogger, and left a writer seriously injured. The ministry claims that investigations into these incidents have traced the origins of the attacks to Ukraine.

The demands from Russia include the immediate arrest and extradition of all individuals allegedly connected to these acts of terrorism. Notably among those listed is Vasyl Maliuk, who has previously acknowledged his service’s involvement in attacks on the bridge linking Crimea to the Russian mainland.

Crimea’s annexation by Russia in 2014 has been a contentious issue between the two nations, with Ukraine and much of the international community refusing to recognize Russia’s claims.

In response to the Russian demands, the SBU swiftly dismissed them as “pointless,” emphasizing that the Russian Foreign Ministry seemed to have forgotten that Russian President Vladimir Putin is the subject of an international arrest warrant.

The warrant, issued by the International Criminal Court, relates to allegations concerning the transfer of Ukrainian children to Russia.
The tensions between Russia and Ukraine have escalated further with accusations and denials regarding recent violent incidents.

While Russia claims that the mass shooting at a concert hall outside Moscow, which claimed the lives of 144 people, is linked to Ukrainian nationalists, Ukraine vehemently denies any involvement.

Instead, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, with US officials pointing to evidence suggesting the involvement of the network’s Afghan branch, Islamic State Khorasan Province (Isis-K).

As both sides continue to trade accusations, the international community watches closely, wary of any further escalation in the conflict. The situation remains tense, with the possibility of diplomatic channels being further strained as each side sticks to its narrative.

While Russia demands extradition and accuses Ukraine of supporting terrorism, Ukraine maintains its innocence and highlights Russia’s own alleged transgressions.

As accusations fly back and forth, the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing tensions between the two nations seem increasingly uncertain. The world waits anxiously for developments, hoping for a de-escalation of the situation and a return to dialogue and diplomacy.

 

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