“Poroshenko Battalion”, a political weapon for the future of Ukraine

“I know you from television! You are Lutsenko! » A broad smile forms on the soldier’s face, which is not covered by a grim-looking man. An unexpected meeting with this figure of Ukrainian politics in military uniform for the past twenty-five years takes place in a village in the south of the Mykolaiv region, in front of a checkpoint made of steel crosses and armed men. Yuri Lutsenko, wearing a helmet, greets help before heading towards the positions of the 206th Regiment.

Most of the town’s houses, located a few kilometers from the front line, were destroyed or damaged. A long line of trenches marks the border of Kherson region occupied by Russian forces. The arrival and departure of artillery echoes as Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko under Viktor Yushchenko (2005-2010) walks through an area covered with wooden planks and sandbags. This former leader of the Maidan revolution, who became the head of President Petro Poroshenko’s parliamentary committee (2014-2019), then the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, joined the southern front of the war until 2019. After twenty-five years of politics, I cannot be here. Says the former Attorney General. I spoke with millions of Ukrainians about the importance of Ukraine’s independence and the future of Europe. This is what is at stake in today’s war. » Then he proudly points to an artery dug into the ground: “We call this the Petro-Poroshenko alley. »

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Stop the time of war

The soldier assures that the former Ukrainian head of state visited these posts two weeks ago. The two are close. After all, Petro Poroshenko, who lost the April 2019 presidential election, assembled about 800 men at the start of the war and started building this battalion.. The military exercise is thanks to a political tussle during the war due to an accord between the former Ukrainian president and the current one, Volodymyr Zelensky. Since then the two men maintained a mutual relationship Candidate Volodymyr Zelensky was elected with 73% of the vote against Petro Poroshenko. Former President.

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Yuriy Lutsenko on the route between Mykolaiv and Kherson.  Mykolaiv Oblast, July 28, 2022.
On July 28, 2022, the church was destroyed by daily Russian attacks on this part of the front between Mykolayiv and Kherson.

After his defeat, the 56-year-old billionaire, considered Ukraine’s sixth-fortunate, regained the presidency of his opposition party, European Unity, which came fourth following the 2019 legislative election. In December 2021, Mr. Zelensky-appointed Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova’s office, Mr. Signed the indictment against Poroshenko. “High Treason”. A month later, a Ukrainian court ordered the former president to be jailed. Petro Poroshenko is suspected of working with pro-Russian President Viktor Medvetsu, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, to facilitate the purchase of coal from companies in eastern Ukraine in 2014 and 2015 in the hands of Russian-backed separatists. kyiv. On Wednesday January 19, Ukrainian justice finally ruled The release of the former president and enemy, while banning him from leaving the country. The case recalled a Ukrainian tradition of political persecution of high-ranking government officials.

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