A spokesperson for the Chelsea owner said that Roman Abramovich is trying to restore peace between Russia and Ukraine.
On Saturday, the Russian-Israeli billionaire entrusted the “management and maintenance” of Chelsea to the club’s foundation trustees in an effort to protect the Stamford Bridge club.
But now the 55-year-old is trying to help stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I can confirm that the Ukrainian side contacted Roman Abramovich for support in finding a peaceful solution and has been trying to help ever since,” Abramovich’s spokesperson told Reuters.
“We want you to understand why we are not commenting on the situation or what it means, given what is at stake. Thank you. »
Ukrainian director and producer Alexander Rodnyansky also confirmed Abramovich’s involvement and insisted that the Chelsea owner was the only one to respond to calls for help.
Rodnyansky claimed that Ukrainian government officials were grateful for Abramovich’s attempts to help.
“I can confirm that the Ukrainian side is trying to find someone in Russia to help them find a peaceful solution,” Rodnyansky said.
“They were connected to Roman Abramovich through the Jewish community and asked him for help.
“Roman Abramovich has been trying to gather support for a peaceful solution ever since. Although Roman Abramovich’s influence was limited, he was the only one who responded and took charge of the essay.
“I don’t know if this will have an impact, but I myself am in contact with Zelensky’s staff and I know they are grateful for their sincere efforts.”
Abramovich took a step back from Chelsea’s daily runs on Saturday night. He will retain ownership of Chelsea, but leaves all decisions to the trustees of the West London club’s charitable foundation.
But the Chelsea Foundation’s trustees have yet to agree to take over “guardianship and care” of the club, as its owner Abramovich has requested.
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