Russia to flog President Zelenskyys Crimea holiday penthouse to fund invasion

The Russian government has said that money from the sale of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's holiday home in Crimea will be used to finance the ongoing invasion.

Crimean Governor Sergei Aksyonov seized the president's flat, which is registered in his wife's name, as part of a scheme to 'nationalise' 57 assets formerly owned by Ukrainian businessmen and public figures.

Referring to the president’s flat, Sergey Aksyonov said: "Crimea will regain rights for a number of properties including a building in Simferopol that belongs to the banned Crimean Tatar parliament as well as Olena Zelenska’s flat.

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"Enemies of Russia won’t be making money in Russian Crimea."

Reports suggest that the Zelenskyy family purchased a three-room penthouse apartment in the coastal town of Livadia in Crimea in 2013.

However, because of renovations and then the Russian annexation of Crimea they were never able to use the property.

Vladimir Konstantinov, the speaker of Crimea's parliament, said the flat — worth roughly £650,000 — will be auctioned off, with the proceeds in turn going back into the war effort.

"It will be put up for sale, and the money will first of all go towards the needs of the special military operation, the families of the killed soldiers, and the families of the mobilised men," he told state Russian TV.

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It comes as Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko announced he is allowing his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to move some of his nuclear arsenal into Belarus, which shares a 674-mile border with Ukraine.

Lukashenko announced Russian nukes were coming his way on Thursday (May 25).

The pact will see Russia deploy tactical nuclear weapons on foreign soil for the first time since 1991. Kremlin military chiefs will remain in charge of the nukes.

As well as Ukraine, Belarus borders three NATO countries. Russia's weapons will be able to reach several capital cities across Europe from Belarus.

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