Kiev bans former president and opposition member Poroshenko from traveling abroad outside

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a rival of current President Volodymyr Zelensky, was banned from traveling abroad to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. This was reported by the Ukrainian Security Service SBU.

Poroshenko, who led Ukraine from 2014 to 2019 and is now an opposition lawmaker, said Friday that he was stopped at the border when he was scheduled to travel abroad to attend “dozens of meetings in Poland and the United States.”

He claimed that he was allowed to leave Ukraine because travel abroad by Ukrainian officials must be approved by authorities under martial law in place since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022.

Ukrainian security services said on Saturday that they had received information indicating that Moscow wanted to benefit from a meeting between Poroshenko and Hungarian President Viktor Orban, who is accused of being “hostile to Ukraine.” The Ukrainian security service fears that Poroshenko “has been manipulated by Russian intelligence services.”

Poroshenko had very poor relations with Russia during his presidency.

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