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Friday, February 16, 2018

Former Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations: Yanukovych did ask Putin to send troops

The trial of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych continues. Tuesday in Obolonskiy district court of Kiev was the questioning of the former Ambassador to the Square to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev. He confirmed the existence of the letter of Yanukovych to Putin with a request to send troops to restore law and order. According to him, the Russian side has done everything that the document has been legally recognized.

photo: kremlin.ru

Earlier, on August 10, held the first hearing on the merits. Then the prosecution presented its evidence of high treason of the Ukrainian ex-President. The court showed videos with the appeal of Vladimir Putin to the Federation Council and the meeting of the UN security Council, where the Russian side has demonstrated the so-called letter of Yanukovych.

The next step public prosecutors had an invitation of their chief witness, Yuriy Sergeyev. It is his testimony and built the basic strategy of the prosecution. In the Protocol format Sergeyev spoke with prosecutors back in January in the USA, where he works at a University. On 15 August he flew to Kyiv to participate in the cross-examination in court. Before the meeting the lawyers of Yanukovych, whom he withdrew from the process in July, tried to give the girl a subpoena to testify in two criminal cases initiated by Yanukovych, — the coup and the attempt on the life of Ukrainian ex-President. However, unknown people prevented the ingress of lawyers at the hearing. Lawyer Yanukovych Vitaliy Serdyuk said that Sergeyev is in both cases an accomplice. The first meeting will be held on August 23 in Kyiv Pechersk court.

During interrogation, Sergeyev reported that the letter to Yanukovych in which he asked Vladimir Putin to send Russian troops to Ukraine to restore law and order, loyal to the status of an official document of the UN security Council. This was done at the request of the delegation of the Russian Federation. The treatment of Sergei Aksenov in the Council of the Federation, which at that time was the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Republic of Crimea, similar accolades were not provided. However, according to Sergeeva, it was just the final puzzle in the jigsaw. The main reason for the Russian troops was an appeal Aksenova, not of the letter Yanukovych.

“This appeal (Yanukovych to Putin) was the last link in the plan of the Russian Federation to justify before the world community from its aggression against Ukraine,” Sergeyev said.

According to him, the Russian delegation specially showed the letter to the UN, as it was contacting the current President of Ukraine, correspondingly, the deployment of troops cannot be considered as an invasion.

The next hearing in the case of resonance will be held on Thursday, August 17. Despite the relatively scant questioning, prosecutors were satisfied with the testimony of Sergeeva. However, detailed comments, the prosecution refused.


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