Ukraine Ex-leader Petro Poroshenko Accused Of 'Treason'

Ukraine Ex-leader Petro Poroshenko Accused Of 'Treason'

Andrew H. Sweet

On Monday, Ukrainian state investigators named former President Petro Poroshenko as a suspect in a "treason" probe involving business dealings tied to separatist-controlled areas. Poroshenko, who served as president from 2014 - 2019, has faced several investigations in recent years but has not yet been convicted.

Investigators said Poroshenko helped separatists in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions sell around $55 million (€48.7 million) coal to Kyiv. The transactions allegedly took place while he served as president in 2014 - 2015.

If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and have his property appropriated. The case against Poroshenko is related to similar charges filed against pro-Russian lawmaker Viktor Medvedchuk. He has been under house arrest for several months.

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