Ukrainian Oligarch Puts Up Reward for Capture of Pro-Russian Attackers in Mariupol

Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky announced a $10,000 bounty for the capture of the pro-Russian forces who attacked the Mariupol Ukranian army base on Wednesday night and offered $45,396.20 to all of the men who successfully fought off the attackers.

Igor Kolomoisky, an energy tycoon who was appointed governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region in eastern Ukraine last month, also offered rewards for handing in weapons belonging to insurgents: $1,000 for each machine gun turned in to the authorities, $1,500 for every heavy machine gun and $2,000 for a grenade launcher.

Since April 12, pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine, mainly in Donetsk Oblast, have seized over 10 government buildings. The forces captured Mariupol’s city council building, but could not get past the Ukrainian army at the base. It was the first attack Ukrainian forces won since interim President Oleksandr Turchynov began the anti-terrorist operation.

Kolomoisky is very supportive of the new government in Kyiv. The Ukrainian army took many hits under now ousted Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych and parliament found out Yanukovych drained the country’s bank accounts. The oligarch stepped in and “spent ‘several million dollars’ buying car batteries for military vehicles.”

At the same time, Ukraine’s Security Service placed Yanukovych’s eldest son Oleksandr on the most wanted list for forgery and fraud. He has not been seen since February 23, the day after his father was deposed by parliament.


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