Prosecutor's office wants examination to confirm identity of Putin, Shoigu, Aksionov on videos in Yanukovych treason case
Ukraine's Main Military Prosecutor's Office has asked the Obolonsky District Court of Kyiv to conduct an examination of the authenticity of the identity of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Alexander Vitko and self-proclaimed "head" of Crimea Sergei Aksionov on videos that are evidence of the prosecution in the case on high treason of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
At a court session on Wednesday, prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko recalled that on December 4 and 16, 2017, among the evidence of Viktor Yanukovych's allegedly committing criminal offenses, the court examined Andrei Kondrashov's film "Crimea: The Way Home," as well as Putin's interview to journalists, where he, in the opinion of the prosecution, "confirms the fact that Viktor Yanukovych appealed to him with the request to use the Russian Armed Forces to protect the life, liberty and health of Ukrainian citizens."
The prosecutor said that while investigating the evidence, Yanukovychs' lawyer at that time, Ihor Liashenko, filed petitions for its recognition as unacceptable due to the lack of evidence in the materials of the criminal proceeding that the persons depicted on the videos were Putin, Shoigu, Vitko and Aksionov.
"In order to ensure that in the future the court does not have doubt about the authenticity of the words of these persons and the presence of these persons on these video recordings, the prosecution believes that it is necessary to conduct additional examinations. At the moment, there is the need to appoint a comprehensive forensic examination and examination of video recordings for the said persons - Putin, Shoigu, Vitko and Aksionov," Kravchenko said.
At the same time, the prosecutor noted that during the pre-trial investigation private lawyers of the ex-president, Vitaliy Serdiuk and Ihor Fedorenko, did not question the identity of these people.
The court said that the issue of conducting expert examinations would be resolved after the arrival of Yanukovych's lawyers for the court session.