Gennady Zyuganov, the communist leader, has come out against withdrawing Russian peace-keepers from the Georgia-Abkhaz conflict zone. /Abkhazia is a self-proclaimed republic in Georgia's territory./ Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the People's Patriotic Union and the Communist Party, said as much at a RIA Novosti press conference. Russia should by no means withdraw its peace-keepers from the zone of Georgia-Abkhazia confrontation, otherwise this will immediately spark off a war, Zyuganov believes. He assessed the Georgian developments as a personal tragedy, for, in his words, he had been in charge of the Caucasus republics, as a member of the USSR Communist Party Central Committee. Georgia has by now fallen apart, some 2 million people have left the republic; the war will in no way solve the existent problems, said the communist leader.
Marianna Budanov, the wife of the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov, was poisoned. it was said that the woman was diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning