This became known from the text of the declassified letter, which was demonstrated by prosecutors during hearing of Yanukovych treason case, a correspondent for Censor.NET reports.
There is Yanukovych’s instruction on the letter, which means that he was definitely familiar with the text. The letter says that a task force was created under the auspices of the Russian president that was pushing for the intervention and expansion in Ukraine.
"The Russian Federation and its secret services are engaged in active expansion of Ukraine," Judge Deviatko read out the letter.
The document says that Russia’s influence on Ukraine’s commerce and economy is rapidly growing, that Russia seeks to gain control over Ukrainian farming lands, and that Ukrainian businesses are controlled by the Russian special services.
"Ivanov, Surkov, Fradkov are behind this economic expansion. Russia is trying to take control of the Ukrainian economy under the guise of joint enterprises," the judge went on reading.
The letter also mentions humanitarian intervention – outreach to the Russians who live in Ukraine, language and historical issues.
On April 18, 2018, the Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv held the 46th hearing of the case against Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych charged with high treason and complicity in waging of the war where incumbent member of the Ukrainian parliament Mykhailo Dobkin witnessed for the accused.