Obolon District Court of Kyiv found ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych not guilty of complicity to Russia in the attack against Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as Ukrainian News reported citing the verdict announced by judge Maksym Titov.
According to the sentence, the court found Yanukovych guilty of committing the crimes such as state treason, complicity, planning, preparation, unleashing and holding of aggressive war. While the accusation of the attack against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, which led to severe consequences, was recognized as unproven.
“The accusation cannot be based on the assumptions,” the verdict says.
The court decided that the accusation did not prove Yanukovych's direct intent to change Ukrainian borders, aiming for the violation of the country's sovereignty. The court noted that the prosecution did not provide enough evidence that Yanukovych was aware of the fact that his actions would lead to the occupation of Crimea.
“The court was not provided with the credible evidence that Yanukovych directly acted with the aim to change the territorial borders of Ukraine,” the verdict states.
The court decided that the ex-president was not informed about the goals of his accomplices, the Russian authorities, on further annexation of Crimea.
Thus, the court did not find Yanukovych guilty of the infliction of the harm in the sum of about $36 billion as a result of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Earlier the court found Yanukovych guilty of addressing the Russian President Putin and asking him to deploy troops in Ukraine.
Yanukovych was charged with state treason, assistance in deliberate actions against Ukraine’s state border, sovereignty and territorial integrity and assistance in leading the aggressive war against Ukraine.