After the third round of peace talks concluded with small positive developments a few hours ago, it was reported that a Ukrainian negotiator who was part of the first Ukrainian delegation to the peace talks with Russia had suddenly died on March 5, as reported by the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.
The official in question, Denis Kireev, aged 45, was a Ukrainian intelligence agent who was seen to be with the Ukrainian delegation during the 1st round of talks with Russia in Belarus.
According to an official list compiled by TASS, the Ukrainian delegation was composed of Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, along with Advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office Mikhail Podolyak, Servant of the People Head David Arakhamiya, Ukrainian legislator Rustem Umerov, Deputy Foreign Minister Nikolay Tochitsky, and First Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Andrey Kostin.
Denis Kireev was not officially listed as part of the Ukrainian delegation. However, he was pictured to have participated in the meetings. The intelligence agent has formerly held senior positions in SKM Finance, the Austrian company Group SLAV AG, Ukreximbank, Oschadbank, as well as private equity Fund and Fixed Income Fund as per a report of the UAWire. His exact role in the delegation remains unclear.