Earlier in the day, the prosecutor in the case said it was impossible to bring the former special services members, accused of killing civilians, to the court because the detention center was blocked.

 

“We cannot continue the court session because the accused were not delivered to the court,” the court’s judge said.

 

Yanukovych, in turn, said his process was being dragged our intentionally to make sure the truth was not established.

 

In 2013, Kiev’s main square, Maidan, witnessed pro-European protests sparked by Yanukovych’s decision to postpone the signing of the EU- Ukraine Association Agreement. Later, the square became the focus of confrontations between the protesters and security forces. Before the protests ended in early 2014, in a coup, dozens of people were killed during the Maidan protests. The current Ukrainian authorities blame Yanukovych and the Berkut special forces for the deaths on Maidan.