Ukraine are reportedly seeking a peaceful resolution to the ongoing tussle with Russia, and have approached Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to help in such talks.
According to the billionaire’s spokesperson, the 55-year-old is one of the few people who have been approached to try help bring an end to the current situation.
Ukraine was attacked by the neighbouring Russia this past week, and talks, which are set to be held in Belarus, are yet to begin.
Part of the statement from the spokesperson read;
“Considering what is at stake, we would ask for your understanding as to why we have not commented on neither the situation as such nor his involvement.”
However, Ukrainian film director Alexander Rodnyansky confirmed the Chelsea owner’s involvement in the aforementioned talks.
“I can confirm that the Ukrainian side have been trying to find someone in Russia willing to help them in finding a peaceful resolution,” said Rodnyansky.
“They are connected to Roman Abramovich through the Jewish community and reached out to him for help. Abramovich has been trying to mobilize support for a peaceful resolution ever since.
“Although Abramovich’s influence is limited, he is the only one who responded and taken it upon himself to try.
“If this will have an impact or not, I don’t know, but I am in contact with [Ukraine President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s staff myself, and know that they are grateful for his genuine efforts.”
Abramovich handed over the club to trustees on Saturday, with his position and close associating with Russian President put under scrutiny.