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Former Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Warsaw airport, before his return to Kyiv. He’s due to land shortly – and his next stop will be a courtroom to face controversial treason charges that come as the country is facing the threat of Russian invasion.

Ukraine’s former president Petro Poroshenko landed in Kyiv on Monday to face treason charges in a criminal case he says was trumped up by allies of his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

A busy day ahead in Ukraine today as former president Poroshenko returns to the country and might be arrested on treason charges, German FM Annalena Baerbock visits and a bipartisan group of the US congressmen arrives to meet Ukraine’s president, foreign, defence Minister’s.

“I will return to Ukraine to fight for Ukraine,” Poroshenko told a press conference, adding that he considers fighting accusations as “politically motivated” part of his patriotic struggle for the nation.

Despite the gravity of the accusations, Poroshenko was optimistic.

Asked if he would consider being arrested upon returning home, Poroshenko replied: “Definitely not.”

Poroshenko was defeated at the polls after a corruption scandal and a mixed record of reform, but he emerged with strong patriotic credentials as he rebuilt the Ukrainian army while battling Russian-backed insurgents in the east.

Petro Poroshenko was speaking in Warsaw before traveling to Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, on Monday, where he is facing court charges.

For Poroshenko, the current leadership of Ukraine is responsible for national unity, and said that “Russia is really trying to disintegrate and conflict within the country”.

“I think this is a very irresponsible action by the current leadership to disintegrate the country and ruin unity,” he said.

A prosecutor alleged that Poroshenko, one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen and owner of the Roshen confectionery empire, was involved in the sale of large amounts of coal that would have helped Russian finances intervene in eastern Ukraine in 2014-2015.

The Kiev court has already frozen Poroshenko’s assets as part of its investigation into allegations of high treason, but the former Ukrainian president has insisted on his innocence, accusing his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, of trying to discredit him politically to distract from others.

Exactly one year after Navalny’s case. was suspended, former Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko decided to return from Europe despite the risk of arrest, as he promised to help protect his country from a possible Russian invasion.

The plane has already arrived in Kiev at 10:10 Moscow time, and Poroshenko’s schedule is tight – today a court session is scheduled to consider the Prosecutor General’s Office’s petition to arrest Poroshenko for “treason” and “assistance to the activities of terrorist organizations.”

The main of the possible consequences of changing the status of the “king in exile” to the image of the “sacred victim” of the current Kiev administration risks becoming a new round in solving the protracted Ukrainian case.
The Kiev pre-trial detention center automatically becomes a “commanding headquarters” of the opposition resistance to Zelensky, sharply raising the stakes in resolving the issue of endless confrontation with the Kremlin – the blame for diving social and economic indicators can be shifted from the notorious “Russian aggressor” to the frank failures of Zelensky’s cabinet.

However, in this scenario, the administration of the current president will automatically pass on frankly bad debts on military loans from London and Washington.
And Poroshenko will become a national hero from a state traitor… For a while.

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