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Scoop of the day: Court to select measure of restraint for Poroshenko on 19 Dec

Scoop of the day: Court to select measure of restraint for Poroshenko on 19 Dec

Poroshenko's case

Kyiv's Pecherskyy district court failed to select a measure of restraint for ex-President, MP Petro Poroshenko at its 17 January session. After a five-hour deliberation, the judge said that the measure would be announced on 19 January.

Prosecution requested that a 60-day custody with a UAH1bn bail option. Defence insisted that the court should not select any measure of restraint because Poroshenko is not a suspect since the relevant notice of suspicion was not properly signed.

Poroshenko returned to Kyiv this morning on a fight from Warsaw. He presented his passport at border control and did not have it returned for around 15-20 minutes, which provoked an argument with border guards. In the meantime, investigators of the State Bureau of Investigation tried to serve him with a summons, a scuffle broke out in the corridor. He did not take the summons and went immediately to court, escorted by a column of his supporters.

UK supplies anti-tank systems to Ukraine

Britain said on Monday it had begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to help it defend itself from a potential invasion, Reuters has reported.

"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems," British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament, saying the first systems were already delivered on Monday and a small number of British personnel would provide training for a short period of time.

He did not specify the number or type of weapons that were being sent, but said: "They are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia. They are to use in self-defence."

Ukrainian president meets US delegation

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has held a meeting with a bipartisan delegation of the US Congress, the president's press service has said.

It is noted that the delegation included senators Rob Portman (Republican, Ohio), Chris Murphy (Democrat, Connecticut), Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat, New Hampshire), Amy Klobuchar (Democrat, Minnesota), Kevin Kramer (Republican, North Dakota), Richard Blumenthal (Democrat, Connecticut) and Roger Wicker (Republican, Mississippi).

"Volodymyr Zelenskyy briefed US senators on the security situation around Ukraine and steps that would help de-escalation and prevent further Russian aggression. The head of state noted the important role of Congress in supporting Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and deepening interaction between the two states," the statement said.

Ukrainian president meets German foreign minister

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with German Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in Kyiv on Monday.

"The security situation around Ukraine and the progress of the peace process was discussed in detail and it was stressed that further escalation of aggression can be prevented by restrictive measures, among others preventive sanctions. Noting the unity of approaches to the peace process, in particular regarding the cluster approach to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the sides agreed to convene soon another summit in the Normandy format," the statement said.

It noted that significant attention during the meeting was paid to strengthening Ukraine's energy security.

"The president stressed that Nord Stream 2 is a geopolitical project and a weapon directed both against our state and against the whole of Europe. It was jointly stated that the use of the project as a weapon would lead to a harsh response," the presidential office said.

Cyber security

Some 95% of websites affected by the cyberattack on state resources have now resumed operation, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said.

"It has been established that the cyberattack involved unauthorised modification of website pages and affected the IT infrastructure of the state authorities, which used products of the same developer. The said developer was also affected in the cyberattack. The attack exploited vulnerabilities in the content management system (OctoberCMS) and Log4j, as well as compromised accounts of the developer's employees," the report said.

It is noted that MBR records (service information on the medium, necessary to access data) on individual servers and user computers were damaged. This applies to both Windows and Linux operating systems.

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