Russia will sell Zelensky's penthouse to meet the war expenses
Russia will sell Zelensky's penthouse to meet the war expenses: Russian leader said - this is our property, will not let enemies benefit from it
The Russia-Ukraine war has been going on for the last 15 months. Meanwhile, Russia has decided to sell Zelensky's holiday penthouse. Along with this house of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky, it has declared 57 properties as government property. This house of Zelensky is named after his wife Olena Zelenska. It is built on the coast of the Black Sea in Crimea.
Crimea's speaker Vladimir Konstantinov said - We will issue a notice to sell this house. The money received from this will be used for the ongoing special military operation in Ukraine and for the families of the soldiers killed in the war. On selling Zelensky's penthouse, the Russian leader said that Crimea is a part of Russia. We will not allow the enemies of Russia to profit from the property here. Russia has spent more than 7 lakh crore rupees on its military during the war.
Zelensky's wife bought the penthouse in 2013, now it costs 6.5 million
Olena Zelenska, the wife of President Zelensky, bought a 3-room penthouse in the Crimean city of Livadia in 2013. Then its cost was about 1 crore 35 lakh rupees. Just a year later, in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea.
Zelenska was never able to use the house as it was still undergoing renovations. The Russian state media has now told the price of this house to be around 6.5 crore rupees.
Ukraine became independent in the year 1991. Crimea was not always part of Ukraine but was given to Ukraine as a gift by a Soviet leader. 65 percent of the people in Crimea are of Russian origin, while 15 percent are of Ukrainian origin. In 2010, Ukraine signed an agreement with Russia, under which the Russian military fleet was allowed to stay in Crimea for 25 years. In return, Russia reduced gas prices by 30 percent.
In March 2014, 96 percent voted in favor of Russian rule in Crimea. A Cold War-like security crisis has escalated in Ukraine as Crimea prepares for a referendum to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia. Shortly thereafter, the Russian army and pro-Russian armed forces occupied Crimea.
The United Nations declared the referendum held in Crimea invalid. In the UN voting on this, 100 out of 193 countries voted in favor of declaring the referendum invalid and 11 voted against it, while 58 countries did not vote.