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Scoop of the day: Poroshenko to return on 17 January

Scoop of the day: Poroshenko to return on 17 January

Russian buildup map

Radio Donbass.Realii has created an interactive map of Russia's military presence near Ukrainian borders and in the occupied territories.

The map contains all the data on the accumulation of Russian units on the borders discovered by the Western media since November 2021, as well as training and weapons storage sites in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions found by the Radio Liberty project over the past few years.

Border security

Some 17bn hryvnyas are needed to modernise the Ukrainian-Russian and Ukrainian-Belarusian borders, Deputy Interior Minister Mary Akopyan said in an interview with the news and analysis website LB.ua. Only 900m hryvnyas is earmarked for this in the state budget 2022. The Interior Ministry is working with international partners to speed up the construction of the border.

Poroshenko's case

The State Bureau of Investigation has accused fifth president and MP Petro Poroshenko, a suspect in a high treason case, of evading court appearance.

A preventive measure of restraint is to be chosen for him on the day of his return to Ukraine, the bureau's website has said.

The DBI recalled that it had tried to serve Poroshenko a summons for procedural actions in December, when he was still in Ukraine, but he ignored law enforcers and "went in an unknown direction".

Lawyer's reaction

Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court decided to detain MP Petro Poroshenko in order to bring him to court. However, the Prosecutor-General's Office is keeping this document a secret, Poroshenko's lawyer Ihor Holovan said at a briefing.

"We know that for some reason the PGO is hiding this information, for some reason the Pecherskyy court is hiding the fact that there is such a decision to detain Petro Poroshenko in order to bring him to court and there is a motion of the PGO to apply a measure of restraint to Petro Poroshenko," the lawyer said.

According to Holovan, the defence officially petitioned the Pecherskyy court to schedule a hearing of the case for 17 January to ensure Poroshenko's presence at it. Earlier, the politician said that he would return to Ukraine on the morning of that day and was ready to voluntarily appear in court.

Donbas

A Ukrainian serviceman was killed near Novotoshkivske when Russia-backed militants targeted it with heavy machine-guns and small arms, the Joint Forces HQ has said.

Oligarchs

On 30 December, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instructed the National Security and Defence Council to work out a mechanism of interaction with international and foreign partners to ensure that the oligarch status and related restrictions were not exclusively limited to the country bounds, Justice Minister Denys Malyuska said on the Rada TV channel.

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