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 Yanukoych treason case: witness says Ukraine's runaway president used Russian aircraft to flee the country

Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych charged with high treason used Russian aircraft to move across Ukraine and then flee the country.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, the judicial panel of Kyiv's Obolonskyi district court, which is considering the Yanukovych case, has completed the interrogation of Dmytro Ivantsov, a witness of defense, who is a former guard of the former president and who accompanied Yanukovych and fled with the latter to Russia.

It is noteworthy that the testimony of the witness generally coincided with that given by his colleagues who had already testified in the Yanukovych case. In particular, Ivantsov said that late on Feb. 22, 2014, when Yanukovych and his guards were riding from Donetsk to Melitopol, they changed to three military helicopters in the vicinity of Melitopol. After flying about 20 minutes, they landed at a military airfield, where they got aboard an AN-26 plane and flew to Crimea. Presiding judge Vladyslav Devyatko asked Ivantsov to specify the helicopters and the airfield. The latter confirmed that the helicopters were Russian. However, he did not specify the airfield.

Ivantsov also said that on the morning of Feb. 23, Yanukovych and his guards landed at a military airfield in Crimea and went to a resort facility near Yalta. According to the witness, when they found out that Valentyn Nalyvaichenko (Chief of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine from Feb. 24, 2014 to June 18, 2015), Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, and, allegedly, some armed men were looking for Yanukovych in Crimea, they moved to another facility under the guard of the Marine Corps of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. The witness also said that after the ex-president along with his guards had moved to the Kosacha (Cossack) bay in Sevastopol, Yanukovych proposed to the Department officers that they continue guarding him. Some of them agreed and fled to Russia with Yanukovych.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3064459