The Ukrainian public prosecutor’s office has confirmed the investigation against former President Petro Poroshenko for treason and terrorist financing, in particular for authorizing coal purchases in the separatist areas in the east of the country during his tenure.
The indictment was signed by the Deputy Prosecutor General Oleksei Simonenko, according to the Ukrinform news agency. Poroshenko’s lawyer, Ihor Golovan, has also limited himself to confirming this “suspicion letter” hanging over the former president.
Former Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksander Turchinov, an ally of Poroshenko, has stated that the former president is currently out of the country and on vacation. He promised his return, although he wanted to make it clear that he had not committed any irregularities, reports the Bloomberg agency.
At the height of the separatist war, the public prosecutor had already tightened the siege of businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, who was also charged with treason and terrorist financing for mediating the mineral purchases in 2014 and 2015. The State Ministry had already mentioned Poroshenko in its investigation, albeit marginally.
Poroshenko ruled Ukraine between 2014 and 2019 when he handed the baton to current President Volodimir Zelensky, who came to power precisely under the banner of fighting corruption and ending a conflict in the east that seems entrenched and now at the mercy of potential Troop movements through Russia.