May 29, 2023

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Former Ukrainian Defense Minister accused of treason

The Prosecutor General accused the former Ukrainian Defense Minister, Mykhailo Yezel, of treason for signing the Kharkiv Accords in 2010, which would have extended the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea, until 2042. It has not yet been annexed by Moscow. Ukrainian news agencies report this. According to the investigators, Yezzel “was aware of the threats to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability and defensive capacity of Ukraine from the subversive activities of the Russian Federation.” “At the same time, the claim document continues,” in April 2010, he accepted without suspending the agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which extends the stay of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine and in the city of Sevastopol for 25 years. “As a result of these actions, Preconditions were set artificially for an increase in the number of troops of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, their re-equipment and modernization and, in the future, the invasion and occupation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and their occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol ”, concludes the Prosecutor General. He also notified the State Investigation Bureau of the allegation of treason to the former Ministers of Justice and Foreign Affairs , Oleksandr Lavrinovich and Kostantin Hryshchenko, again in connection with the Kharkiv Agreements.

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