Ukrainian servicemen prepare their 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun for firing at a front-line position in Kherson region, Ukraine, November 9, 2022. Photo/REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi
The Russian official called a “hoax” reported last week in Ukraine that the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Dmitry Kozak was involved in a secret diplomatic mission to resolve the Ukrainian conflict.
The head of Ukraine’s National Security Council Aleksey Danilov said in a televised interview last week that Kozak “acted” and held meetings with European officials “to force us to sign” the peace deal.
He said Russia wanted to divide Ukraine the way the Korean peninsula was divided in 1953, after three years of devastating armed conflict. “Kiev will not accept such an agreement,” Danilov said.
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Peskov said any contact between Kozak and the EU officials referred to by Danilov could involve a different person with the same last name, perhaps a member of the Ukrainian parliament.
Taras Kozak is a Ukrainian politician who was elected to the country’s parliament in 2019 and belongs to the Opposition For Life faction.
The party has repeatedly come under attack from President Volodymyr Zelensky’s government over its alleged pro-Russian agenda, but its members insist they are victims of political persecution.
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In early 2021, the Security Council of Ukraine imposed personal sanctions against Kozak and party chairman Viktor Medvedchuk.