Former president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych arrived in the Rostov Region Court today. He does not make a public appearance often so today’s interview caused real agiotage in society.
An awkward feeling appeared yesterday, when an underground electric collector set ablaze in Zhylyanska street in the downtown of Kyiv. 75 houses were cut off the electricity, emergency service waited for the permission to put it out and then it took a while to extinguish the fire. Kyiv-Svyatoshyn District Court is situated on that very street, but the fire didn’t interrupt the activity of the court and everything was ready for today’s online interview with Russia today.
Hundreds of journalists occupied the building of the Kyiv-Svyatoshyn District Court, many arrived in Rostov, where additional posts of protection of public order appeared.
Meanwhile a group of people concentrated near Lukyanivske pre-trial detention centre in Kyiv, protesting against the intention to move the five detained ex-Berkut policemen to Svyatoshyn district court.
The members of the Right Sector and Free People union protested there.
The court hearing can’t be held without the defendants. Yet, the main figures in the case are ex-fighters of Berkut special force unit Oleksandr Marynenko, Serhiy Tamtur, Oleh Yanushevsky, Pavlo Abroskin and Serhiy Zinchenko, but not Yanulovych.
Internal Ministry stated that Yanukovych is not worth of confronting Ukrainian citizens. Though, many observers and lawyers say that the protest by no means could prevent the defendants to be delivered to court. The latest were not even being prepared for the court hearing. What is made cannot be unmade. Now the lawyers of the defendants and the prosecution represented by the General Prosecutor Office are now demanding to initiate a case of non-delivery of the defendants to the court.
Both courts in Kyiv and Rostov were waiting. First a 20-minute break was announced, then they discussed the situation and decided to postpone the hearing until Monday, November 28. Yanukovych wanted to speak out badly and obviously he was not interested in giving evidences. The fugitive president had a speech prepared beforehand and he is definitely going to voice it today during a press-conference in Rostov.