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 Ukraine's fugitive ex-president tried to persuade Yarosh to keep his people away from Mezhyhiria and even succeeded once, - MP Dobkin at ex-president’s trial

Being in Kharkiv during the events of February 2014, Yanukovych tried to negotiate with the then leader of the Right Sector Dmytro Yarosh that the Maidan activists did not enter the territory of Mezhyhiria mansion – the ex-president’s residence.

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, this was said by Opposition Bloc faction MP Mykhailo Dobkin who witnessed for the accused at the 46th hearing of the case against Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych that was held in the Obolonskyi district court of Kyiv today.

"One of Yanukovych’s guards approached him in front of me and said that he had an urgent call. I was standing right next to him so I could hear the conversation. It was about a group of protesters, including armed ones, who were heading for Mezhyhiria while seven security guards remained in one of the mansion’s hangars. Their lives allegedly were at risk. He asked to get Yakymenko on the line. And while they were putting him [Yakymenko] through, he [Yanukovych] turned to Viktor, his son. He asked Viktor to find out if there was enough fuel to rescue the guards by air. Then he held a conversation with Yakymenko. And after that with Yarosh. They were making arrangements that Mezhyhiria will not be stormed. Those people have never made it to Mezhyhiria," Dobkin said.

He added that Yanukovych got another call late at night when he was in the residence: the then president was told that the protesters were marching towards Mezhyhiria again.

"He reached out Yarosh through Yakymenko once again. But as far as I understand, this conversation came to nothing – the people entered Mezhyhiria," Dobkin said.

He also emphasized that the news about seizure of Mezhyhiria dealt a heavy blow on the ex-president.

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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.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3061974