Ukraine’s former president says he is barred from leaving the country

Ukraine's former president says he is barred from leaving the country

Petro Poroshenko said he was prevented from leaving Ukraine.

Kiev:

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that the government had prevented him from leaving the country since the Russian invasion, accusing him of violating a so-called political ceasefire.

Poroshenko, who was in power from 2014 to 2019, has appeared frequently in public since the start of the war, appearing for commentary on international television.

His European Solidarity Party is the second largest party in the Ukrainian parliament after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s ruling party.

Following Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s parliament banned several pro-Russian parties, and allowed others to operate under the so-called political ceasefire – a touching agreement that would put aside all political differences to unite against the war.

On Saturday, however, Poroshenko’s office said he had been “refused to cross the border into Ukraine,” accusing the government of violating the agreement.

“There is a risk that with this decision, the authorities will break the ‘political ceasefire’ during the war … which is one of the pillars of national unity in the face of Russian aggression,” his office said.

Poroshenko was scheduled to attend a NATO parliamentary meeting in Lithuania as part of a Ukrainian delegation, and he received official permission to travel.

He was scheduled to meet in Vilnius with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and a group of members of the European Parliament.

He is then scheduled to travel to Rotterdam in the Netherlands to unite European political parties.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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