Fugitive MP Andry Artemenko appealed to Obolon District Court of Kyiv with an appeal to testify as a witness in the case of the state treason of former president Viktor Yanukovych. Vitaly Serdyuk, the lawyer of Yanukovych claimed this as his press service reported.
It became known about the intention of the MP to testify in the court after his meeting with Serdyuk. The lawyer also published the proper appeal of Artemenko.
On February 19, 2017, the American The New York Times newspaper wrote that MP of Radical Party Artemenko worked out the conception of the conclusion of the peace between Ukraine and Russia and lifting of the sanctions from Moscow that was passed to Michael Flynn, then adviser of Donald Trump. According to the newspaper, the plan provided the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the East of Ukraine and holding of the Ukrainian referendum with leasing of Crimea to Russia for 50 or 100 years. Artemenko claimed that the group of MPs from different parties worked out the plan, including the opposition but he belied that the leasing of Crimea was mentioned in his conception.
On May 16, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the urgent dismissal of MP Artemenko. 244 MPs voted for this. Earlier President Poroshenko signed a decree on the deprivation of Artemenko's Ukrainian citizenship.
Yanukovych is 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.