On June 16, Obolon district court of Kyiv went for another session in the case of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. The former head of the state who fled the country during the 2014 Revolution of Dignity is accused of several tough crimes, specifically state treason and assisting in waging aggressive war against Ukraine.
The court session started at 9 a.m. Friday. Yanukovych and his defense team will not join the session in the video conference mode, since the Ukrainian side did not request the Russian side to provide the video connection with Rostov court.
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.