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At the request of the SBI, the court allowed the arrest of Yanukovych on suspicion of treason


The Pechersk District Court of Kyiv has chosen a measure of restraint for former President Viktor Yanukovych in the form of detention (in absentia).

Investigators from the State Bureau of Investigation found that the former Ukrainian president signed an agreement between Ukraine and Russia in 2010 on the Russian Federation’s Black Sea Fleet’s stay in Ukraine, realizing that it was acting to the detriment of the country’s sovereignty.

It has been established that the content and terms of this agreement were imposed in Moscow by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Viktor Yanukovych created conditions for prolonging the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine for 25 years, which contributed to the increase (instead of withdrawal) of military equipment and personnel of the aggressor’s armed forces in Ukraine, which were used during the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol in 2014 .

Contrary to Part 3 of Art. 4 of the Law of Ukraine “On International Agreements of Ukraine” the draft agreement before signing did not even pass the legal examination.

DBR investigators received original documents that testify to the purposeful actions of senior officials of Ukraine to the detriment of our state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity on the instructions of the top leadership of the Russian Federation.

A group of people carried out these actions with the prior consent of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov, and the then President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Both are wanted in this criminal case.

The election of Viktor Yanukovych in absentia as a measure of detention will provide grounds to initiate a special pre-trial investigation.

The Office of the Attorney General provides procedural guidance.

It will be recalled that on May 19, 2022, at the request of the SBI, the Pechersk court of Kyiv chose a measure of restraint for the former President Viktor Yanukovych in the form of detention (in absentia) on suspicion of organizing illegal smuggling of persons across Ukraine (part 2 of Article 332 of the Criminal Code).