The legislation was signed amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine and could see people jailed for up to 15 years
A Ukrainian soldier in Odessa, Ukraine, March 14, 2022. © Scott Peterson/Getty Images
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a law that allows for the jailing of anyone helping Russia amid its ongoing military offensive against Ukraine, the deputy speaker of Ukraine’s parliament said.
Speaking to Ukraina 24 on Tuesday, Alexander Kornienko argued that the punishment should also apply to around 20 “unpatriotic” MPs, who he said have fled the country in the face of the Russian attack that began on February 24.
The law, which was passed by parliament in early March, provides for up to 15 years in jail for anyone helping “an aggressor state,” including making public statements in its support. This also includes voluntarily holding leadership positions in “illegal government bodies” on “temporarily occupied territories.”
Those found guilty of helping the enemy can be jailed for life if their actions lead to deaths or “other severe consequences.”
Ukraine’s State Investigative Bureau said last week that 38 high treason cases were opened against officials and police officers who defected to or worked with Russian troops.