‘I’m absolutely sure that Ukrainian court will free him of charges because he never wished anything bad for Ukraine; he just made a lot of mistakes’. This was one of quotes by Hanna Herman, the counselor of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, as she stood before the jury on Tuesday.
Herman spoke as the witness for the defense in the case of Yanukovych’s state treason. She was among the closest allies of the ousted president denies his guilt in the instigation of hostilities in Ukraine, which eventually led to the occupation of Crimea and the beginning of Donbas conflict.
Herman also added that she never saw the letter, in which Yanukovych asked his Russian counterpart Putin to bring troops to ‘secure order’ in Ukraine in March 2014. ‘I never believed that the president of Ukraine can summon another country’s army to his own state. But if he did so, I cannot support him’, she said.
Hanna Herman was the spokeswoman for Viktor Yanukovych who at that time held the position of the Prime Minister of Ukraine since May 6, 2004. She was also the chief of the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
Later Herman was an advisor to the Party of Regions headed by Yanukovych. And then she became the MP of the Verkhovna Rada.
In 2010, she became the deputy head of the Presidential Administration and later an advisor of Yanukovych.
She is also well-known for her close cooperation with Paul Manafort, the ex-campaign chairman for U.S. President Trump accused of money-laundering and activity as an unregistered foreign agent.
In October 2014, Hanna Herman announced that she would leave the politics.