Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office will open a criminal investigation into the ‘coup d’etat in Ukraine’, satisfying the respective appeal filed by ex-president Viktor Yanukovych. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that after today’s session of the Parliament’s Regulatory Committee.
‘We’ll consider this request, register it in accordance with the acting legal framework and pass it to the respective subdivision of the Prosecutor General’s Office,’ he said.
Earlier today, Yanukovych sent the appeal to the Office, asking the Ukrainian authority to open criminal investigation into what he called a ‘coup d’état in Ukraine’ in early 2014. He clearly referred to his removal from office due to the victory of Euromaidan activists in Kyiv in February 2014; back then, thousands of unarmed protesters demanded resignation of the-then President and the government. The riot police tried dispersing the protesters who settled down in the centre of Kyiv; the face-off turned bloody in January and then in February 2014, as about a hundred civilians were beaten to death or gunned down by government-hired snipers.
In late February 2014, Yanukovych fled the country and escaped to Russia. He’s been residing there ever since.
The current Ukrainian authorities treat Yanukovych as a criminal and a traitor, who assessed the Kremlin in igniting the armed conflict in Ukraine. Prosecutor General’s Office charges him with state treason and assistance in waging aggressive war against Ukraine. Yanukovych denies all charges.