Another court session in the case of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych took place in Kyiv. It was a short-lived one; because Yanukovych did not join the session in the video conference mode from Rostov, Russia, the Obolon district court decided that the hearing will be adjourned till June, 29. The chief judge Vladyslav Devyatko reported that on Monday.
The prosecution demands Yanukovych to be judged within special court proceeding, since Yanukovych deliberately avoids participating in the court sessions. The judge pointed out that the prosecution’s request can be only considered if the defendant avoids second session in a row. Besides, the court will give the defense team a chance to declare their position in this situation and rule whether the special court proceeding will or will not be initiated.
Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president has been residing in Russia since March 2014, when his regime was toppled by activists of Euromaidan movement. As the conflict between unarmed protesters and law enforcers reached the bloody climax, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country.
Viktor Yanukovych served as the president of Ukraine in 2010-2014. He was ousted during the anti-government protests, known as the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014. Back then, Yanukovych and his sidekicks fled the country; the ex-Ukrainian leader has been residing in Russia ever since. The Ukrainian government repeatedly demanded that Yanukovych be repatriated, but Russia refused. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine charges Yanukovych of state treason, supporting Russian officials responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as waging aggressive war.