Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was reportedly hospitalized in Moscow on Friday.
"On Friday I was in Moscow, I tried to contact him, but his assistants told me about his hospitalization," Yanukovych's lawyer Alexander Goroshinsky told the Russian news agency TASS.
"I arrived in the hospital and we talked," Goroshinsky said.
Yanukovych was hospitalized with a suspected spine and knee injury, he said. "I cannot reveal the exact diagnosis, but I saw with my own eyes that the man cannot move."
Earlier in the day, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported on its website citing a source that Yanukovych had been sent to the Sklifosovsky emergency hospital in downtown Moscow with a suspected spine and knee injury, which he had presumably received during a tennis game. The politician was sent to intensive care and later transferred to a private clinic, the source told the paper.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Yanukovych was expected to make his last statement at a hearing scheduled for November 19.
Yanukovych is charged with treason, complicity with the Russian authorities, and deliberate actions committed to alter the state border of Ukraine in violation of the Ukrainian Constitution. He is also accused of waging an aggressive war. These are the crimes stipulated in Part 1 of Article 111, Part 5 of Article 27, Part 3 of Article 110, and Part 2 of Article 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The judicial panel of Kyiv's Obolon district court on June 29 granted the prosecution's request for special judicial proceedings in the Yanukovych case.