According to the statement, the pre-trial investigation established that when presiding at an extraordinary session of the Debaltseve City Council, Protsenko put the matter of allocating facilities for the so-called referendum on the independence of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" to vote.
"Realizing his criminal intent, he spoke at a meeting of the session calling to change the boundaries of the territory and the state border of Ukraine. His actions are qualified under pt. 2 Art. 110 of the Criminal Code (violation of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine). The suspect is currently in custody," the Prosecutor's Office stated.