Court orders arrest of two Yanukovych-era ministers

23 September, 12:52 PM
Earlier, Kostyantyn Hryschenko and Oleksandr Lavrynovych were informed of suspicion of treason in the case of the Kharkiv Agreements (Photo:Radio Svoboda)

Earlier, Kostyantyn Hryschenko and Oleksandr Lavrynovych were informed of suspicion of treason in the case of the Kharkiv Agreements (Photo:Radio Svoboda)

A court has ordered the arrest of Oleksandr Lavrynovych and Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, former Ukrainian justice and foreign ministers respectively under the administration of fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, the Office of the Prosecutor-General said in a Telegram post on Sept. 23.

“The wanted suspects fled Ukraine, hiding from law enforcement; this court decision allows for their extradition,” the OPG said.

Lavrynovych and Hryshchenko are accused of treason for their efforts in facilitating the illegitimate signing of the Kharkiv Accords in 2010, which extended Russia’s lease on its Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol, Crimea, by 25 years. The Kharkiv Accords allowed Moscow to upgrade and expand its military presence on the peninsula, laying the groundwork for its eventual invasion and annexation in 2014.

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Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council instructed the SBU security service to investigate the legality of Kharkiv Accords on March 11, 2021.

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