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Yanukovych says West helped fascists cause chaos in Ukraine, asks Russia for help

28 February 2014, 19:43

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday blamed the leaders of protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square in downtown Kiev, the symbol of Ukrainian protests) and Western countries for the current crisis in his country. Yanukovych said he believes that Russia would use all possible means to prevent chaos and terror in Ukraine. He addressed a press conference in southern Russia, appearing in public for the first time since leaving Kiev.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has blamed the leaders of protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square in downtown Kiev, the symbol of Ukrainian protests) and Western countries for the current crisis in his country.

Yanukovych had to flee his official residence and leave Ukraine following riots in his country that resulted in parliament taking over and appointing an interim head of state.

'Now I place the entire responsibility on those who led our country into the crisis, I would say to the chaos and disaster,' he said. 'They are to blame for that. Both those who came to power today and those who command them on Maidan, both visibly and invisibly. Including representatives of the West, the United States who patronized Maidan.'

'They bear the responsibility before the Ukrainian people,' he said speaking at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

he also blamed the West for teh non-fulfillment of an agreement between the legitimate Ukrainian authorities and the opposition, signed on February 21.

'I see ways to settle the crisis: it's the implementation of the agreement that was signed. And the West should take responsibility for its non-fulfillment,' Yanukovych said.

He also addressed all 'participants in lawlessness' saying they should stop before it was too late.

Viktor Yanukovych has called for the acts of violence in Ukraine to be investigated under joint monitoring by specific authorities.

'Of course, it is very important to conduct impartial investigations into the acts of violence under the joint monitoring of the authorities, the opposition and the Council of Europe,' Yanukovych told a press conference in Rostov-on-Don.

'Those holding guns illegally must give them up to police immediately, the occupied administrative and public buildings must be vacated, and all the streets, parks and squares unblocked,' he also said.

If the February 21 agreement between the Ukrainian government and the opposition is implemented, this could calm down the situation in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych said at a press conference on Friday.

'I believe the Verkhovna Rada is illegitimate. I still believe that if the agreement had been implemented or it if is implemented, this could significantly calm down the situation and help start a legitimate process of settling the political crisis in Ukraine. This is a way to get out of the deadlock to which radicals have driven us,' Yanukovych said.

He emphasized once again that he remains the legitimately elected president of Ukraine. He said he doesn't recognize the presidential elections scheduled for May 25 and will not run in them.

Yanukovych urged Russia to take action to 'put an end to the chaos and terror that exist in Ukraine today' but said he was 'categorically against any invasion of Ukraine and a breach of the integrity of what is a sovereign state'.

'Russia must use all available resources to put an end to the chaos and terror that exist in Ukraine today. What the potential recipes are is hard for me to say,' Yanukovych told a news conference in Rostov-on-Don.

'It would be improper of me now to say what Russia should to today. But let me repeat that Russia cannot stay indifferent, it cannot distance itself from what might happen to such a large partner, a neighbor,' he said.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he hopes to learn the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the current situation around Ukraine in a personal conversation.

'I have had no meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. As soon as I hold this meeting, I will understand his attitude, and we will probably discuss the current situation,' the fugitive Ukrainian leader told journalists at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don when asked if the Russian leadership still considers him Ukraine's president.

Yanukovych also said he believes Russia to be a strategic partner, adding that he is surprised that Putin 'keeps silent'.

Yanukovych says he has had no meetings with Putin but has spoken to him by telephone. They mainly discussed economic issues.

Yanukovych says no grudge against Tymoshenko

Ukraine's ousted but legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday that he bore no grudge against Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko though he believes that the gas agreements she signed with Russia cost the country 20 billion dollars.

'I have always said that I have never wished and still do not wish her any harm,' Yanukovich told a news conference in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia.

'There is nothing personal in my attitude to her but the agreements Tymoshenko signed caused 20 billion dollars worth of losses to Ukraine, and she knows that very well,' Yanukovych stressed.

Commenting on a criminal lawsuit against Tymoshenko, Yanukovych said that it was a Ukrainian court that had put tried her.

'The court passed the ruling but her conditions of confinement have been pretty good or even exclusive if you wish,' Yanukovych emphasized. He added that Tymoshenko's release had transferred the whole matter into a judicial and legal field.

Yanukovych said it was up to Ukrainian people to decide Tymoshenko's political future and whether she is going to stay in politics or not.

Yanukovych says does not have bank accounts abroad

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych told a news conference here on Friday he does not have financial assets or properties outside of Ukraine.

'As for bank accounts, money or real estate abroad, I've never had them,' he said. 'I've never owned anything abroad or kept money there.'

'Also, I've always declared my income and properties,' Yanukovych said.

Yanukovych can't recognize Verkhovna Rada's impeachment

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he considered the Verkhovna Rada's impeachment a 'performance'.

'If the incumbent president does not resign under the Constitution, if he is alive (and I'm alive as you see) and if an impeachment is not declared in parliament, he is president,' Yanukovich told a news conference.

'Thus, I cannot recognize the impeachment, which was declared by parliament. I consider it a performance. I will never recognize it,' the Ukrainian president said.

Yanukovych said he did not recognise and had not recognised the laws that the parliament 'approved by violence'.

'I've never signed them. So these laws have not been approved,' he said.

Yanukovych says implementation of agreements with opposition still on agenda

Implementation of agreements with the opposition that were signed in the presence of foreign mediators remains on the agenda, President Viktor Yanukovych told a news conference here Friday.

'A meeting (with the mediators) is needed for discussing everything,' he said.

Yanukovych apportioned all blame for Ukraine's disastrous situation to Maidan chieftains, as well as to the US and other Western nations.

Yanukovych says will return to Ukraine when security ensured

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled his country following violent protests, said Friday he would return to Ukraine when security for him and his family is ensured.

'I will return as soon as conditions for my security and the security of my family are observed,' he said at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

'No one deposed me. I was forced to leave Ukraine due to a direct threat to my life and the life of my close ones,' he told journalists.

The fugitive Ukrainian leader said he and his family had received threats.

'I received calls from my family members who said that even the youngest grandson was put on the lists for lustration,' he said.

Yanukovych told journalists he would continue the fight for his country's future.

According to Yanukovych, he left Kiev in order to go to Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to meet with his associates. Someone opened fire on his car from automatic weapons, he said.

'I was not fleeing and I was not going alone,' the fugitive president said, adding that he had been accompanied by former parliamentary speaker and former presidential administration head, Vladimir Rybak and Andrei Klyuyev respectively.

After the Ukrainian Security Service began receiving reports on February 22 that groups of armed people were heading to Kharkiv, he decided to leave for the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk.

'I had no fear. I asked Rybak and Klyuyev to fly to Donetsk,' Yanukovych said.

Later threats forced him to move over to Donetsk and later to Crimea, he said.

'Traffic controllers and the military warned us that if we do not change our course, and they had allegedly been warned that we were heading to Russia, then they would use fighters. That's when my movement across Ukraine started,' Yanukovych said.

Yanukovych said he eventually 'got to Russia thanks to patriotically minded officers' who fulfilled their duty and preserved his life.

Ukraine Presidential elections slated for May 25 unlawful - Yanukovych

Viktor Yanukovych says he will not recognize the presidential elections in Ukraine scheduled for May 25 and will not run in them.

'As concerns the elections on May 25.. I believe they are unlawful, and I will not take part in them,' Yanukovych said at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don on Friday.

He insisted that any elections in Ukraine should be held in line with the law and the constitution.

I didn't give order to shoot protesters - Ukraine's Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Friday he had not ordered police to shoot at protesters before he was forced out of power and the responsibility for bloodshed in Kiev lay with the demonstrators.

At a news conference in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Yanukovich also said he was surprised that Russian president Vladimir Putin had said nothing in public about the past week's events in Ukraine. He said he had not seen Putin but had spoken to him by telephone during that time.

Asked about his arch-rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from jail last Saturday, Yanukovich said he had never meant her any harm.

Yanukovych not planning to seek military aid from Russia

Viktor Yanukovych believes military actions in Ukraine would be unacceptable and is not planning to ask for military aid from Russia.

'I believe any military actions in this situation are unacceptable. Any. I am not going to ask for military support,' Yanukovych said at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don on Friday. He added that Ukraine should remain united.

'I believe Ukraine should remain united and undivided,' he said.

Crimea must remain part of Ukraine - Yanukovych

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych on Friday said that the standoff in Crimea was a 'natural reaction' to the 'bandit-like' takeover of power by the new authorities in Ukraine.

Speaking at a news conference in Russia, he said he still saw himself as the Ukrainian president and as such believed that Crimea must remain part of Ukraine.

In the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, he also said he would not ask Russia for military support in dealing with the crisis in Ukraine, where he said power was stolen by 'a bunch of radicals'.

He added he would not take part in a May presidential election, calling it illegal.

Ukrainian Parliament is illegitimate - Yanukovych

Viktor Yanukovych said the new government in Ukraine has no genuine authority from parliament.

'People who preach violence' have come to power he says. Andriy Parubiy, Dmytro Yarosh and Oleh Tyahnybok are people who 'strike fear into Israel'.

Yanukovych denounced the new authorities in Ukraine as 'young neo-fascists' and said 'terror and chaos' were now prevailing in the country.

He blamed the 'irresponsible policies' of the West for the crisis in the country and apologised 'to the Ukrainian people' for not having had more strength to endure the situation.

Yanukovych insisted he 'had not been overthrown' and would 'continue to fight' for the future of Ukraine.

Yanukovych told reporters in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don in his first public appearance for almost a week that he had been 'compelled to leave' Ukraine after he received threats to his security.

Voice of Russia

Source: Yanukovych-says-West-helped-fascists-create-chaos- in-Ukraine-asks-Russia-for-help-7315/

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