Victor Yanukovychto: Vladimir Trefilov / RIA Novosti
The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych was again charged with treason, reports Gordonua.com.
The state Bureau of investigation said the ex-President and two former Ministers of defence Dmitry Salamatin and Pavlo Lebedev that they are suspected of committing treason. They face prison terms of up to 15 years with confiscation of property. All three currently reside in Russia.
According to investigators, in 2012-2014 the suspects deliberately reduced the defenses of Ukraine with the help of “so-called reform of the Armed forces”: reduced the number of troops re-formed military units changed their locations. “Such acts were committed, in particular, on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea that led to annexation of the Peninsula,” – said the RRG.
In early 2019 the court in Kiev has declared Yanukovych guilty of treason and complicity in the waging of aggressive war. He was sentenced in absentia to 13 years imprisonment.
Yanukovych was ousted by mass anti-government protests that took place in Ukraine in late 2013 — early 2014.
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