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Ukraine’s President testifies in court in treason case against Yanukovych

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said about the threat to his life during his trip to Crimea on February 27, 2014
14:46, 21 February 2018

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said about the threat to his life during his trip to Crimea on February 27, 2014. The Ukrainian president claimed this during a session of the Obolon court of Kyiv where he is witnessing in the case of high treason of his predecessor, ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.

It is known that Poroshenko, on behalf of the then Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Oleksandr Turchynov, on February 27, 2014, was sent as a deputy to Crimea to settle the conflict. There, the acting president made sure that the Verkhovna Rada did not work and was surrounded by Russian military:

"I personally ascertained that the Verkhovna Rada was closed, did not work, was surrounded by so-called "little green men", servicemen of the regular forces of Russian Federation, and a chain of people in camouflage who called themselves Crimean self-defense, but were coordinated by special services officers of the Russian Federation," he noted.

"As soon as the journalists began to film me, and this was the video evidence of the empty and not working Verkhovna Rada, which did not make any decisions, a command was given to block me, surround me and use physical means. I tried not to let them do it. After we completed the shooting, giving journalists the opportunity to film me on a video camera, my attempt to get to the Crimean Verkhovna Rada was blocked by these persons, including Russian servicemen, I headed down another street to my car, " Poroshenko said.

The President added that Crimeans came to his aid during the confrontations that happened near the Supreme Council of Crimea:

“At this time, I was surrounded by dozens at first, and later on hundreds of people. A part of them were provocateurs, who tried to punch, press, and threaten me. But some people came to my defense and I think at that time my life was under direct threat and I thank those people who defended me by their actions,” the President said.

As it was reported earlier the defense of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine stands against the questioning of Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine in the regime of the video conference on the case of the Yanukovych’s state treason. 

Earlier, the Obolon District Court of Kyiv allowed the questioning of Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine within the case of the state treason of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine in the regime of the video conference from the presidential administration. It is supposed that the questioning will last for an hour and a half since 14:00 till 15:30.

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