Author: RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service

KYIV – A Ukrainian court has rejected a prosecutor’s request to arrest Petro Poro­shenko in a treason case that the former president rejects as politically motivated. Mr. Poroshenko appeared in Kyiv’s Pechersk district court on January 19 while hundreds of his supporters demonstrated outside, chanting and waving flags and briefly scuffling with police before the hearing. Inside, a judge said that Mr. Poroshenko did not need to be remanded in custody, though he should appear before prosecutors and investigators when requested to do so. He was also ordered to stay in Kyiv and had to hand over his passport. Mr.…

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A court in Ukraine has frozen property owned by former President Petro Poro­shenko as part of a formal investigation into alleged high treason by the former head of state, which he denies. “The court decided to seize the suspect’s property, which belongs to him on the right of ownership,” the Prosecutor General’s office said in a statement on January 6. The State Investigation Bureau said last month that Mr. Poroshenko had been placed under formal investigation for high treason, accusing him of “facilitating the activities” of separatists fighting government forces in a conflict that has claimed more than 13,200 lives…

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A Canadian company has dismantled one of its multimillion-dollar solar investments in Ukraine following a dispute with a powerful tycoon believed to be close to the presidential administration in a case that has underscored the former Soviet state’s troubled investment climate. TIU Canada completed the removal of its 10.5-megawatt power plant in Nikopol, a city...

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Russia and Ukraine both held military exercises on November 24 amid rising tensions prompted by reports of a large Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border that raised fears of a possible invasion. Russia staged military drills in the Black Sea, south of Ukraine, saying it needed to sharpen the combat-readiness of its conventional and nuclear forces because of what Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called “the growing activity of NATO countries near Russia’s borders.” During the Black Sea drills, Russian warplanes and ships practiced repelling air attacks on naval bases and responding with air strikes, Interfax reported. Ukraine, meanwhile,…

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KYIV – The mayor of Odesa has been charged with illegally acquiring several plots of land in Ukraine’s largest port city, the latest in a series of criminal cases opened against him.

Hennadiy Trukhanov has been a target for years of anti-corruption activists who say he and influential business allies have turned the Black Sea port into their own private fiefdom.

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