Thursday, A Ukrainian Court found former President Viktor Yanukovych "guilty of treason and helping Russia annex the Crimean peninsula", according to the Los Angeles Times.
The judge said Yanukovych was guilty of both treason and premeditated actions to alter the country’s border, other charges will be ruled on at a later date.
In 2014, Yanukovych fled Kiev, Ukraine as tensions mounted after a police crackdown on protesters who called for the president to strengthen ties with the EU. Yanukovych was found to be in Russia, and he was tried in absentia.
Yanukovych asked the United Nations Security Council to send Russian troops to Ukraine on March 1. While Yanukovych clarified that he did ask Putin for military assistance, he was not officially inviting military boots on the ground.
Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops in Ukraine after the annexation of Crimea has claimed over 10,000 lives.
Yanukovych testified from Moscow via video link. Prosecutors have asked that the court sentence Yanukovych to 15 years in prison.