Opponents of Ukraine’s former President and chief of the European Solidarity celebration Petro Poroshenko assault his bodyguard and block a motorcade shortly after Poroshenko left the workplace of Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigations in Kiev, Ukraine July 25, 2019. Mikhail Palinchak/Press Service of Petro Poroshenko/Handout through REUTERS
KIEV (Reuters) – A person jumped on the automobile of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as he was pushed away from being questioned as a witness on Thursday over the sale of his shipbuilding plant to a different businessman.
TV footage additionally confirmed the person spraying gasoline into the face of certainly one of Poroshenko’s bodyguards who had rushed to intervene, earlier than being hit with an umbrella by one other bodyguard. Nobody was damage.
“It is a provocation by the pro-Russian gangsters who raised their heads after the change of energy in Ukraine,” mentioned Svyatoslav Tsegolko, Poroshenko’s spokesman, in a textual content message, concerning the assault, with out giving additional particulars.
Poroshenko, who campaigned on a powerful anti-Russia ticket, misplaced April’s presidential election by a landslide to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comic who has promised to deal with entrenched corruption and low dwelling requirements.
Often known as the “chocolate king”, Poroshenko turn out to be certainly one of Ukraine’s wealthiest males by his confectionery firm Roshen, but additionally owns different companies.
The State Bureau of Investigation has not revealed the small print of its investigation into the shipbuilding plant’s sale final yr.
Poroshenko mentioned he had given explanations verbally and in writing concerning the sale of the shipbuilding plant, which he says was carried out transparently and with out his direct participation.
He mentioned a number of of his companies are being investigated, together with his TV channel.
Poroshenko remained in politics since his election defeat and his celebration gained seats at Sunday’s parliamentary election.
Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams