Former Ukrainian president wanted for arrest

Ukraine’s Attorney General’s Office has asked a court to arrest former President Petro Poroshenko on suspicion of high treason and funding pro-Russian separatists, a member of the Poroshenko faction told parliament.

“On Christmas Eve, the Attorney General’s Office confirmed the information (…) that the Attorney General had approved a motion to arrest Poroshenko with the possibility of a bail set at 1 billion hryvnia (50 million Australian dollars), “Iryna Gerashchenko said on Facebook.

The prosecutor’s office refused to confirm Gerashchenko’s request.

On Monday, the state investigative office said Poroshenko, visiting Poland, was suspected of “facilitating the activities” of terrorist organizations in connection with a preliminary plot with an anonymous group of people, some of whom senior Russian officials.

The next day, Poroshenko rejected as unacceptable a decision by the authorities to investigate him for high treason. His party said the accusation was fabricated on the instructions of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

“Our political team regards the recent actions (of the presidential office) and its fully controlled security forces as a political crackdown on the opposition and its leader, selective justice, intimidation and pressure,” Gerashchenko said.

Ukraine has been at war with Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region since 2014. Moscow has pissed off the West with a build-up of troops near Ukraine in recent months.

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