Russian billionaire and Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich was reportedly poisoned during peace talks in Kyiv.
Alongside a number of Ukrainian negotiators the 55-year-old is said to have suffered symptoms of poisoning, such as sore eyes and skin peeling.
Investigative website Bellingcat said the dosage and type of toxin was likely insufficient to cause life-threatening damage and was rather “intended to scare” the attendees.
It was not clear who may have conducted the apparent attack. Those targeted blamed the hardliners in Moscow seeking to disrupt ongoing talks to end the war.
Luckily the conditions of Abramovich and the other negotiators have improved and their lives are not in danger.
Experts who looked into the incident said it was difficult to determine whether the symptoms were caused by a “chemical or biological agent or by some sort of electromagnetic-radiation attack”
Ukrainian officials poured cold water on the report.
Asked about the suspected poisoning, Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said “there is a lot of speculation, various conspiracy theories”.
Rustem Umerov, another member of the negotiating team, urged people not to trust “unverified information“.
Abramovich was sanctioned earlier this month by Britain for his “clear connections” to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. However, he escaped US sanctions, reportedly because Zelenskiy asked Washington to hold off following Abramovich’s role in peace negotiations.