As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, the runaway ex-president is charged with high treason, aiding in waging aggressive war, and aiding in encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, which resulted in the death of people or other grave consequences.
Yanukovych's public defender Ihor Liashenko, prosecutors Ruslan Kravchenko and Maksym Krym, Judges Kostiantyn Vasalatii, Vladyslav Deviatko and Maksym Tytov take part in today’s hearing.
The prosecutors said Ukrainian secret services intercepted conversations between Russian presidential aide Konstantin Zatulin and a member of the Russian State Duma Sergei Glazyev. Zatulin informed Glazyev that he was leaving for Crimea to supervise the appointment of a self-proclaimed "government", which was supposed to carry out further occupation of the peninsula. After Crimea annexation, Glazyev tried to organize the seizure of the Kharkiv and Odesa regions of Ukraine using similar technology. For that purpose, he instructed his henchmen to organize mass riots and seizure of administrative buildings on the territory of the sovereign state. Glazyev also promised that the Russian Armed Forces would back the invaders.