As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET from the courtroom, Ruban’s lawyers petitioned to place him under a house arrest.
In turn, the prosecutors stressed that Ruban "committed grave crimes punishable by 8-15 years in prison or life sentence," and thereby requested the judge not to grant the lawyers’ petition.
The court also denied a motion to release Ruban on bail filed by MP Nadia Savchenko, who attended the hearing and was willing to stand surety for the defendant.
As reported, on March 8, Ruban was detained at a checkpoint in the Donbas with a batch of weapons. He was delivering these weapons from the occupied territory to the government-controlled part of the Donbas.
Ruban is suspected of plotting armed attacks on senior government officials, preparing a terrorist act with the use of weapons and explosives that could pose a threat to life and limb of people.
Moreover, Ruban planned "to use mortars, grenade launchers, small arms and explosive devices to carry out murderous armed attacks on the residences of statesmen, political leaders including President Petro Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, former PM Arsenii Yatseniuk, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov and others."
According to the indictment, Ruban decided to commit terrorist attacks on the president of Ukraine and other top officials, as well as a large number of civilians in Kyiv to create a "state of chaos, destabilize the internal situation in the country, portray Ukraine to the world community as a state with virtually no government power; create conditions under which the forces involved in conducting the anti-terrorist operation will be moved from the Ukraine’s east to Kyiv, which "will enable Russia to launch a full-scale offensive and continue the military occupation of Ukraine."
On March 9, the Shevchenkivskyi district court of Kyiv ruled to remand Ruban in pretrial custody for two months.
On March 12, Savchenko was summoned for questioning to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) due to an investigation in criminal proceedings against Ruban.