Yuriy Lutsenko is the Prosecutor General of coup-regime Ukraine. Technically, he’s supposed to be busting criminals and fighting corruption. But he’s got better things to do with his time.
Like scouring the files of the Ukrainian government for anything that can be used to smear Ukraine’s last president, Viktor Yanukovych – though he’s been out of power and living in exile for 3 years.
Mr. Lutsenko was Minister of the Interior under Yanukovych – until he was jailed for embezzlement and abuse of office. Like all charges against high profile individuals in Ukraine, it is impossible to tell on the surface if the charges had a legitimate basis or were politically motivated.
Now Lutsenko has found some real dirt on his former boss. It is, he claims, the formal request by the Ukrainian president for Vladimir Putin to send troops into Ukraine.
As reported by Crimea News:
According to the Prosecutor General, [Yuriy Lutsenko], Yanukovych asked Putin [to intervene in Ukraine] in a letter with appropriate signatures and seals on it.
With this letter Yanukovych informs the Russian President about “chaos and anarchy in the country” during the events on Maidan in Kiev and that “Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war”. Yanukovych‘s letter also says that civilians allegedly are in danger in Crimea and Donbass. In no uncertain terms Yanukovych asks Putin to “use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to restore peace, law and order.”
Lutsenko said that this document de facto confirmed Yanukovich’s treason.
First, we’ll assume for the sake of argument the document is genuine – since considering the source, it may not be.
Now granted, I’m not a top legal mind with a degree from the most prestigious law school in Ukraine (I can’t afford the bribe.).
But it seems to me that the document proves de facto (actually, de jure) exactly what it says – that the last lawful, constitutionally elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, invited foreign armed forces to the country to “restore peace, law and order.”
Yanukovych previously admitted in 2014, that he invited Russian forces to maintain order in Crimea, but the photocopy Lutsenko produced also makes mention of Ukraine’s “Southeast” (Donbass) as well, and appears to apply to all Ukraine.
If Russian armed forces were invited to Ukraine, then their actions should be absolutely beyond reproach in terms of international law. Just as Russia has legally in Syria – and just as the United States has done legally in many countries (but not Syria) – foreign armed forces may enter a country at the specific invitation of that country’s government.
According to Lutsenko’s interpretation then, the Ukrainian president was duty-bound to allow violent unrest to sweep the country and a coup to succeed in the capital.
In fact, he was duty-bound to stop it by any lawful means – including foreign intervention if necessary. I do not know if the Ukrainian constitution includes any provision against inviting in foreign armed forces (if so, the coup government is also now in violation).
According to Lutsenko’s official biography, he has a degree in electrical engineering from Lviv Polytechic Institute. There is no mention of any legal education.
Maybe once a real lawyer talks to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, he’ll want to reconsider the authenticity of this document.