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23 Jan 2019 | 11:28 PM UTC

Ukraine: Demonstrations possible following Yanukovych verdict January 24

Ukraine News Alert

Sentencing hearing for former President Viktor Yanukovych to be held in Kyiv on January 24; public demonstrations possible following announcement

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Kiev). COUNTRY/REGION Ukraine, Kiev


The Obolon District Court is scheduled to hold a sentencing hearing for former President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv on Thursday, January 24, at 09:00 (local time). Prosecutors are requesting a 15-year prison sentence for the ousted president, who was charged with treason and complicity with Russian authorities. Public demonstrations and protests are possible in Kyiv and in other cities following the court's decision. Potential locations for public gatherings include Kyiv's Shevchenko Park, Independence Square, and the parliament building. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are possible.


Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014 during mass protests in Ukraine. He is currently residing in Russia.


Individuals in Ukraine, particularly Kyiv, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, refrain from discussing political subjects in public or on social media, and anticipate a heightened security presence and business and transportation disruptions.


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