AS Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has personally donated money for humanitarian relief in Ukraine, as have the two football clubs he owns, the second being Belgium’s Cercle Brugge.

However, it has been reported that Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council has imposed sanctions against the Russian businessman.

Mr Rybolovlev is not on any western sanctions list and is not a close confidante of Putin.

The donations from Mr Rybolovlev have been channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

“It is absolutely crucial to support those who are suffering the most. Therefore, AS Monaco, Cercle Brugge and myself in a personal capacity, as well as various companies where the Rybolovlev Family Trust is invested, have decided to make donations to provide humanitarian aid,” Mr Rybolovlev said during the early weeks of the Russian attack on Ukraine.

FILE PHOTO: Dmitry Rybolovlev Reuters