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Ukraine’s Former President Returns to Face Treason Charges

  • Poroshenko, who led Ukraine 2014-2019, attends court hearing
  • Court may mull detention or bail over treason allegations
Petro Poroshenko during a rally in Kyiv on Jan. 17.

Petro Poroshenko during a rally in Kyiv on Jan. 17.

Photographer: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

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Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko returned to Kyiv on Monday to fight charges of treason, accusing his successor of crossing a “red line” with allegations that he denies. 

The legal standoff pressed by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration injects a level of political instability in the region as Russia 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.