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Ukraine’s Richest Billionaire Decries Russian Siege in Mariupol

  • Akhmetov says he can’t get aid to city’s trapped civilians
  • The tycoon has previously backed a pro-Russian government
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Ceasefire Talks, Russian Pullback Spark Hope, Doubts

A period of tension between Rinat Akhmetov and Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared to reach a boiling point just weeks ago, after Ukraine’s leader slammed its billionaire oligarchs for fleeing ahead of an imminent Russian invasion. 

Now, in the midst of war, Ukraine’s richest person says he’s back in the country and that the two are on the same team, setting aside the controversies that have surrounded him for decades.