The Pechersky District Court of Kyiv permitted the arrest of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for signing the Kharkiv agreements in 2010, the Office of the Prosecutor General reports on Telegram.
The Kharkiv agreements regulated issues stay of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia on the territory of Ukraine. Yanukovych signed them in April 2010. According to the agreements, Kyiv received a discount on Russian gas in exchange for extending the stay of the Russian fleet in Crimea after 2017 for 25 years.
Yanukovych, who left for Russia in 2014, was chosen in absentia as a measure of restraint in the form of detention in criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (treason). The maximum penalty under this article— imprisonment for up to 15 years with or without confiscation of property.
Ukrainian investigators believe that the ex-president, together with the former prime minister (at that time he was Mykola Azarov), damaged the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability, defense capability, state and economic security of the country, providing Russia with assistance in “carrying out subversive activities”; against Ukraine.
After Yanukovych signed an agreement with Dmitry Medvedev, who then served as Prime Minister of Russia, in Kharkov, “prerequisites were artificially created for increasing the number of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine,” according to the Prosecutor General's Office.
The deployment of the Black Sea Fleet was agreed until 2042 in exchange for a 30% reduction in the price of Russian gas, but no more than $100 per thousand cubic meters. The Ukrainian investigation believes that before signing the documents, Russia artificially raised the price of gas.
RBC turned to Viktor Yanukovych's lawyer Alexander Goroshinsky for a comment.
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The State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine charged Yanukovych with treason in January 2021. In March, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), instructed the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to check the circumstances of the ratification of the Kharkiv agreements. He stated that the decision of more than 200 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, who voted for the document, opened the way to the “occupation of Crimea”.
Later, in the committees of the Verkhovna Rada, in the main scientific and expert department of the parliament apparatus, in the National Security and Defense Council, in The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Bureau of Investigation of Ukraine were searched. As a result, the SBU officers found documents that testify that the then leadership of the state “was aware of their consequences before signing and adopting these documents.” The department said that the agreements led to an increase in the number of personnel of military formations and special services of Russia, which “later participated in the annexation of Crimea and damage to economic interests.”
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