The State Bureau of Investigation reported suspicion of high treason to former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, as well as two former Ukrainian defense ministers, Dmytro Salamatin and Pavlo Lebedev who served during his rule. The press service of the SBI reports that.
“A pre-trial investigation established that ex-President Yanukovych Viktor, in complicity with former defense ministers of Ukraine Salamatin Dmytro and Lebedev Pavlo, committed treason from 2012 to 2014. Namely, these were the actions aimed at undermining sovereignty, territorial integrity and the inviolability of Ukraine, undermining its defenses, providing the Russian Federation and its representatives with assistance in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine", the report said.
The SBI notes that in 2012-2014, the suspects contributed to reduction in the defensive capability of Ukraine, through the so-called "reform" of the Armed Forces.
"Such actions were committed, in particular, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which subsequently led to the annexation of the peninsula," the department added.
In case their guilt is proven, the suspects face a sentence of imprisonment for a term of 12 to 15 years with confiscation of property.
As we reported before, fifth president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko denies that former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has ever put pressure on him regarding the case, which involves Burisma Holdings, a gas company where Biden’s son Hunter was a board member.