Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 25.01.2019
Viktor Yanukovych asked Vladimir Putin to send Russian troops to Ukraine. He invited a foreign power to invade the country of which he was the president. He abetted the Russian Federation in waging an aggressive war against Ukraine. Yanukovych committed treason.
This is what a Kyiv court ruled on Thursday, January 24. The Obolon District Court found Yanukovych guilty of high treason. The former President of Ukraine, who fled to the Russian Federation, was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment in absentia.
Yanukovych sent a letter to Putin on 22 February 2014 in which he asked the Muscovy dictator to send troops to help him regain power. This letter was sent two days after the Maidan Massacre in which the Heaven’s Hundred were shot by snipers, and four days before Russian special forces soldiers seized the regional parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine.
The court found that during February-March 2014 Russian troops were in Crimea, violating the laws of Ukraine and norms of international law. The court qualified the Russian actions as an act of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
Yanukovych is a fugitive from justice in the Russian Federation. He is kept on a short leash by Putin, and is brought out on rare occasions for propaganda theatre in Putin’s war against Ukraine. Yanukovych betrayed his country from the beginning of his tenure as president, when he established the Yanukovych Clan kleptocracy that stole billions and billions of dollars from the Ukrainian people. Yanukovych betrayed Ukraine when he backed out of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and then when he cracked down violently on Ukrainians who took to the streets to defend their home in Europe. He is culpable in the deaths of the Heaven’s Hundred.
Most of all, Yanukovych is a traitor for asking Putin to invade Ukraine.