Ukraine sentences ex-president Yanukovych for treason

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for inviting Russian troops in the wake of the Euromaidan upraising in 2013-2014.

German broadcaster DW reported that on Thursday, January 24, a Ukrainian court made the sentence in the trial that commenced in 2017, where the public prosecutor had requested up to 15 years.

The charges of high treason stemmed from a letter containing the ex-president’s request made after fleeing Ukraine to Russia, where he asked Russia to send troops to Ukraine to resore public order. In addition to the high treason charges, Yanukovych also faces criminal investigations over the use of force against demonstrators and usurpation of power.

Yanukovych was tried in absentia and is thought to be living in Russia. His prison term would begin «the moment he is detained,» judge Vladyslav Devyatko.

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