Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko filed a lawsuit against the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada and border guards for not allowing him to go on a business trip abroad. His lawyer Igor Golovan announced this on December 22.
“Our criminal complaint has been filed with the Attorney General’s office. As always, this is already a tradition in such cases, there is zero reaction from the office of the Prosecutor General,” the press service of Poroshenko’s European Solidarity party quoted him as saying.
It is clarified that the lawsuit was filed against the first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Alexander Kornienko, as well as the border detachment.
“Now we see how, having committed this, in my opinion, a criminal offense, <...> these people are trying, as they say, to cover their tracks and hide the reasons why they did it. In particular, they are hiding certain documents and letters related to this story,” the lawyer added.
As the Ukrainian publication “Public” clarified, the preparatory court hearing is scheduled for January 17. According to the lawsuit, Poroshenko demands to cancel the decision to ban and compensate for moral damages.
On December 1, Petro Poroshenko reported that the Ukrainian border service did not allow him to leave the country. According to the former Ukrainian leader, he intended to hold “dozens of meetings” in Poland and the United States. In particular, he planned to discuss with the Polish side the lifting of the blockade for carriers on the border of the two countries, and with the American side – providing military assistance to Kyiv, the ex-president of Ukraine said.
Later, on December 21, the Strana.ua portal reported that Petro Poroshenko received funds from the Hungarian authorities in the amount of 37 million hryvnia ($985.3 thousand) before he tried to leave Ukrainian territory in early December of this year. It was clarified that the money was received by Poroshenko on November 24 and 30, 2023, before the failed meeting of the former Ukrainian leader with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported on December 2 that Poroshenko was banned from traveling abroad because of his intention to meet with Orban. The department said that Russian special services were allegedly preparing an information and psychological special operation to reduce support for Ukraine among its allies.
On November 7, Rodion Miroshnik, Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry for the crimes of the Kyiv regime, admitted in a conversation with Izvestia that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky could begin persecuting opponents ahead of possible elections in 2024.
Since February 2022, martial law has been in force in Ukraine, in addition, at the same time Zelensky signed a law on the general mobilization of citizens, according to which men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country.
The special operation to protect Donbass, the start of which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022, continues. The decision was made against the backdrop of an aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).