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Kyiv Court Adjourns Poroshenko Detention Hearing to Jan. 19

  • Former president faces charges of committing high treason
  • Legal standoff stokes instability as Russia amasses troops
Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to his supporters after leaving court in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Jan. 17.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to his supporters after leaving court in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Jan. 17.

Photographer: Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo

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A Ukrainian court adjourned a hearing on the detention of former President Petro Poroshenko, who is under investigation for committing high treason in deals with Russian-backed separatists last decade.

The legal standoff pressed by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration injects a level of political instability in the region as Russian leader Vladimir Putin amasses troops on Ukraine’s eastern frontier, a move that’s prompted Western allies to raise the specter of a full-scale invasion. Russia has repeatedly said it doesn’t plan to invade.