‘I’m however president’ – Ukraine’s Yanukovych vows to fight
Ukraine’s ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych has appeared in public places for the very first time since he left Kyiv – within the southern Russian town of Rostov-on-Don.
In A news conference, Yanukovych said that he announced that the country’s new government was “illegal” and stayed the “legitimate” president of Ukraine.
“The time has come for me to express that I’ll continue the battle for the continuing future of Ukraine. Against people who, by fear, attempt to manage it,” he told reporters.
Yanukovych left Kyiv a week ago after a large number of demonstrators were shot dead by riot police.
“I never gave any instructions to take,” he said and he charged Ukraine’s descent into “right and bloodshed on “radicals” -side thugs”.
He stated that he was “ashamed” that he’d not been in a position to maintain security in his country and apologised, however, towards the Ukrainian people.
Yanukovich said he’d just left Ukraine because of worries about his security: “Nobody has overthrown me. I was forced to leave Ukraine as a result of direct threat to my entire life and threats to those closest to me.”
Ukraine’s new government wants him to manage charges of mass murder and has issued a global arrest warrant for Yanukovych.