A Kiev court has spoken to the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is guilty of treason. It was proven that he made to the Russia aid for the management of a war of aggression, ruled the judge on Thursday and condemned Yanukovych to 13 years in prison.
Yanukovych is said to have favored, among other things, to his deposition and the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia.
Yanukovych had won the February 2010 presidential election against the pro-Western government of Yulia Tymoshenko. In February 2014 he had fled after the week-long Pro-Western protests and violent clashes with nearly a hundred dead in Kiev's Maidan square to Russia.
The process was conducted in the absence of the defendant since may of 2017. Yanukovych took part via video conference from his Russian exile. The defense looks at the proceedings as politically motivated.
More than 50 high-ranking witnesses, including the current President, Petro Poroshenko, and former Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, were interviewed. The judgment is not yet final. It is the first proceedings against a former head of state in Ukraine.