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Ukraine News Today June 26, 2017: Crimean Tatars marking National Flag Day; ‘Normandy format’ leaders to meet soon; Trial of ex-president Yanukovych adjourned until June 29

Ukraine News Today: Crimean Tatars marking National Flag Day; 'Normandy format' leaders to meet soon; Trial of ex-president Yanukovych adjourned until June 29
Ukraine News Today June 26, 2017: Crimean Tatars marking National Flag Day; 'Normandy format' leaders to meet soon; Trial of ex-president Yanukovych adjourned until June 29

Crimean Tatars marking National Flag Day

Today, on June 26, the Crimean Tatars are marking the National Flag Day.

The celebration date was chosen as the first day of the second Kurultai (convention) of the Crimean Tatar people, which was held in Simferopol on June 26-27, 1991.

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Member of Parliament of Ukraine Refat Chubarov has posted a video message on Facebook on the occasion of the Crimean Tatar Flag Day.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has also released a video about the history of the Crimean Tatar flag on its Twitter account.

 

The Crimean Tatar flag represents a canvas of blue color with a symbol – a golden tamga.

‘Normandy format’ leaders to meet soon – French president

The leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia will meet in late June – early July 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

“The date [of this meeting] is still being determined. It will take place sometime between late June and early July. The four of us, the participants will make this decision in the coming hours,” Macron said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris on Monday.

Trial of ex-president Yanukovych adjourned until June 29

The hearing on former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s treason case on its merits has been adjourned until 10:00 on Thursday, June 29, according to UNIAN.
The relevant decision was made by the judicial panel of Kyiv’s Obolonskiy district court. Yanukovych’s lawyers opposed the petition of state prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko on the application of special judicial proceedings (in absentia) in the case.

After that, having discussed in the courtroom, the judges decided to adjourn the hearing until June 29 due to the fact that the Criminal Procedure Code requires two absences of the accused in court without good reason so that the court could decide on the application of a special trial.

And since there is only one Yanukovych’s non-appearance without a good reason for the hearing, the trial has been adjourned. At the same time, the judges noted that it was only the will of the accused to come personally to court or take part in a video conference.

As it was reported, Yanukovych is charged with treason, complicity with the Russian authorities, deliberate actions committed to change the borders of the territory and the state border of Ukraine in violation of the Ukrainian Constitution. He is also accused of waging an aggressive war.