Roman Abramovich, Ukrainian MP suffer poisoning symptoms after meeting with Russian peace negotiators

It’s been reported that Chelsea wonder, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich suffered poisoning symptoms after he played a role in Moscow-Kyiv peace negotiations. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/UEFA via Getty Images

Roman Abramovich and Ukrainian peace negotiators fell victim to symptoms of suspected poisoning following a meeting in Kyiv earlier in March, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The sanctioned Russian oligarch and at least two senior members of Ukraine’s delegation developed symptoms, including red eyes and peeling skin on their faces and hands, sources familiar with the matter said.

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning at negotiations in Ukraine earlier this month, reports say. The Chelsea FC owner reportedly suffered sore eyes and skin peeling but has now recovered.

Two Ukrainian peace negotiators were also said to have been affected. The alleged poisoning was organised by Kremlin hardliners who wanted to sabotage the talks in Kyiv, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The health of Mr Abramovich and the Ukrainian delegates, have improved since the incident on March 3, the paper quoted sources as saying.

A source close to Mr Abramovich told the BBC he had suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning. They said he had now recovered and was continuing with efforts to try and end the war in Ukraine.

The investigative journalism group Bellingcat said Mr Abramovich and the negotiators had symptoms “consistent with poisoning with chemical weapons”.

The symptoms included “eye and skin inflammation and piercing pain in the eyes”, Bellingcat reported.

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