Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is ready to answer the questions of the Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv regarding the annexation of Crimea by Russia in February-March 2014, according to the lawyer of ex-president Vitaly Serdyuk.

“His position is unchanged, he insists on the need to give him the opportunity to speak formally, under oath, in accordance with the requirements of the European Convention, before the court and before our fellow citizens, and answer all questions. This applies to both the case of the "loss" of the Crimea, and the case for the Maidan," he said.

According to the lawyer, now the defense is working to engage the witnesses to the trial.

"There are a number of ordinary personnel and individuals who served in law enforcement agencies, these are top officials who were illegally removed from power in February 2014, which affected the negative development of events, including the loss of the Crimea by Ukraine," he said.

Reference: Viktor Yanukovych is suspected of committing crimes under Part 1 of Art. 111 ("High Treason"), Part 5 of Art. 27, Part 3 of Art. 110 ("Aiding in intentional acts committed with the aim of changing the borders of the territory and the state border of Ukraine") and Part 5 of Art. 27, Part 2 of Art. 437 ("Aiding in the conduct of an aggressive war") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Reportedly, the court in the case of high treason of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych partially granted the prosecutor's petition for questioning the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and other officials.

Earlier, media representatives got access to documents confirming the committing of high treason by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The materials include a letter in which Yanukovych called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to deploy troops to Ukraine.

Attorney General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that in the near future, pre-trial investigation will be completed in the case of executions on Maidan in 2014 against former high-ranking officials of the regime of ex-president Viktor Yanukovich and himself.

Source: 112 Ukraine