Yanukovych state treason case: ex-president’s former counselor testifies in court

18:46, 26 June 2018

Hanna Herman, the counselor of former president Viktor Yanukovych, stood before the jury on Tuesday. She spoke as the witness for defense in the case of Yanukovych’s state treason.

Herman who was among the closest allies of the ousted president denies his guilt in the instigation of hostilities in Ukraine, which eventually led to the occupation of Crimea and the beginning of Donbas conflict, ‘I’m absolutely sure that this court will free him of charges, because he never wished anything bad for Ukraine; he just committed a lot of mistakes’, she said.

Herman added that she never saw the letter, in which Yanukovych asked his Russian counterpart Putin to bring troops to ‘secure order’ in Ukraine in March 2014. ‘I never believed that the president of Ukraine can summon another country’s army to his own state. But if he did so, I cannot support him’, she said.

Viktor Yanukovych who served as the president of Ukraine from 2010 until 2014 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.