Impeachment proceedings launched against Ukrainian President

According to media reports impeachment proceedings have been launched against President Petro Poroshenko, in Ukraine, following a media expose linking him to a corruption scandal that involves Russia.

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is a frontrunner for next month’s presidential election, made the announcement in Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Tuesday, saying Poroshenko had committed “high treason.”

“An investigation by journalists about the president’s corruption during [Ukraine’s] war is the basis for initiating the procedure for state treason,” Tymoshenko told reporters outside the Rada.

“We will start collecting signatures. My signature for Poroshenko’s impeachment is the first.”

Tymoshenko’s move was triggered by an expose released on Monday by BIHUS.info, a Ukrainian investigative organization focused on anti-corruption, which linked Poroshenko to a money laundering and smuggling scandal involving Ukrainian officials and Russia.

The report, which can be viewed with English subtitles below, says high-level Ukrainian defence officials received “kickbacks” for smuggling spare parts of military equipment from Russia at inflated prices.