Russia planned to legitimize former President Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine through the courts. The former head of the Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytskyi was supposed to take part in his return to the legitimate framework. Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, said this in an interview with Channel 24.
According to Danilov, Ukraine began to prepare for a full-scale invasion of Russia since February 2021, when the first decision of the National Security and Defense Council concerned the ex-chairman of the Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytskyi, who was supposed to take part in the return of Yanukovych.
He noted that there was a project in Russia for his return through a legal procedure, in particular through the courts and the Kyiv District Administrative Court, which in December 2021 received an application from the fugitive president about "illegal removal" from office.
"Yanukovych has really nothing to do with our country for 8 years, but our courts are strange. They accept this application," Danilov said.
He recalled that the application was even scheduled for consideration in January 2022.
The National Security and Defense Council stressed that the next move, according to the plan of the Russian Federation, should be the decision of the Constitutional Court headed by Tupitskyi: "Mr. Yanukovych would be legalized. These plans were clear to us. Much preparation was done." Danilov added that "these judges should at least testify today to the Security Service of Ukraine, but now we are at the stage of war, and hands have not yet reached some gauleiters."