Former Ukrainian president is about to be arrested

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The General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has petitioned a court to arrest former President Petro Poroshenko on suspicion of high treason and funding pro-Russian separatists, said a member of the Poroshenko faction in parliament.

“On Christmas Eve, the Attorney General’s Office confirmed the information that the Attorney General’s Office had approved an application to arrest Poroshenko with the possibility of bail of 1 billion hryvnia (AUD 50 million),” Iryna Gerashchenko said on Facebook.

The Prosecutor General’s Office declined to confirm Gerashchenko’s claim.

On Monday, the State Investigation Bureau announced that Poroshenko, who is visiting Poland, is suspected of facilitating “the activities” of terrorist organizations in a preliminary conspiracy with an unnamed group, including some top officials in Russia.

The next day, Poroshenko rejected a decision by the authorities to investigate him for high treason as unacceptable. His party said the allegation was fabricated on the instructions of President Volodymyr Selenskiy.

“Our political team views the recent actions (by the Presidential Office) and its fully controlled security forces as political repression against the opposition and its leader, selective justice, intimidation and pressure,” said Gerashchenko.

Ukraine has been at war with Russia-backed separatists in the Donbass region since 2014. Moscow has unsettled the West in recent months with a build-up of troops near Ukraine.

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