The DBR employees reported the suspicion of high treason to the former Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Mykhailo Yezhel, who, agreeing to the signing of the Kharkiv Agreements, assisted the Russian Federation in the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
As noted, the admiral, who at one time was the commander-in-chief of the Naval Forces of Ukraine and understood all the risks of the continued presence of the Russian fleet on the territory of Ukraine, agreed to the entire package of documents necessary for the implementation of the agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the issue of the presence of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine from April 21, 2010, i.e. Kharkiv agreements.
“The drafts of these documents were approved by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine without even attending the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on April 21, 2010, at which they were discussed, as well as without conducting a mandatory legal examination regarding the compliance of the draft Constitution Agreement with the laws of Ukraine,” the message reads.
The DBR emphasizes that due to this, conditions were created for the extension of the stay of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine for 25 years, which contributed to the increase of military equipment and personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, the modernization and replacement of ships, aircraft, and the main weapons of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, which were on the territory of Ukraine and were subsequently used during the annexation of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in 2014, instead of their reduction and removal from the territory of Ukraine, in accordance with the terms of the Basic Agreements.
“The former minister is suspected of committing treason based on a prior conspiracy by a group of persons (part 2 of article 28, part 1 of article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The criminal proceedings are being conducted under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor General’s Office,” the SBI noted.
As you know, on April 21, 2010 in Kharkiv, Viktor Yanukovych signed an agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on behalf of Ukraine. This document extended the stay of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Sevastopol for 25 years. He did it under the pretext of receiving a discount on natural gas.
In July 2022 the suspicion was reported to the former ministers of justice and foreign affairs in the commission of treason during the development of the project, agreement, signing, ratification and implementation of the Kharkiv agreements.
“The role of other officials in assisting the aggressor state in encroaching on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability, defense capability, state and economic security of Ukraine in this way is being investigated. The investigation is ongoing,” the SBI summarizes.