IN LEAKED MEMO, UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR ALLEGES MANAFORT LAID GROUNDWORK FOR RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAI

President Donald Trump’s second campaign manager allegedly laid the ground work for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine according to the Times of London (paywall – you can review a summary at Mediate]

A leaked memo from a senior Ukrainian prosecutor says:

“The senior Ukrainian prosecutor alleges that in 2006 Mr Manafort orchestrated a series of anti-NATO, anti-Kiev protests in Crimea led by Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian Party of Regions — now designated a criminal organisation. The protests forced planned NATO exercises there to be cancelled. No charges were pursued because of a lack of evidence after Crimea was annexed.”

The senior Ukrainian prosecutor also alleged in the memo:

“It was [Manafort’s] political effort to raise the prestige of Yanukovych and his party.” “ [Once he attained power], Yanukovych laid the groundwork for Russia’s annexation of the peninsula, which Donald Trump has now suggested he would recognize.”

Mr. Manafort received $12 million in fees for his work on the part of Ukrainian Dictator Viktor Yanukovych according to the Washington Post.

“More than $12 million in undisclosed payments were earmarked for Donald Trump’s campaign manager by the pro-Russian political party of Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, according to a Ukrainian official.”

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