Volodymyr Zelensky’s predecessor Petro Poroshenko, who is currently facing treason charges in Kyiv, has been prevented from leaving Ukraine after he tried to cross the border into Poland twice- on Friday and on Saturday.
It was reported that Poroshenko could not cross the border due to technical problems although he was in possession of all the formal permissions allowing him to leave the country.
Ukrainian National News (UNN) and Ukrainskaya Pravda claimed Poroshenko showed up in a Range Rover SUV on Friday evening at the Rava-Ruska crossing, west of Lviv, but the State Customs Service of Ukraine’s members stationed there refused to take responsibility for deciding whether to let him leave Ukraine.
His party’s parliamentary faction European Solidarity said on Saturday that the former Ukrainian President was to take part in a meeting of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly, a consultative interparliamentary organization, in Lithuania.
Politician Irina Gerashchenko, a member of the European Solidarity party, noted in a post on Telegram that Poroshenko was prevented from leaving Ukraine even though he had a valid travel letter from the parliament, calling the incident ‘a political order that looks disgusting’
Poroshenko, who is technically still a member of the Ukrainian parliament, had been included in the official delegation of the Parliament of Ukraine for this event. Also, he was to have a number of high-level meetings in Vilnius, including with the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda, and was also scheduled to participate in the European People’s Party’s meeting in Rotterdam.
After the current government charged him with treason in December 2021 for his alleged scheming to buy coal from the Donbas separatists in 2014-15 to financially support them, he won a court ruling in January allowing him to remain at liberty while being investigated.
Poroshenko continually says the probe was a politically motivated attack linked to his successor President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s allies.