I didn't give order to shoot protesters - Ukraine's Yanukovych
28 February 2014, 18:20
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.
Ukraine: Yanukovych calls for referendum, says power seized by fascists thanks to West
Viktor Yanukovych has suggested that a national referendum be conducted in Ukraine. Yanukovych believes the latest events in Ukraine, including the loss of life, have been a result of the Western countries' policy.
'Issues that are to be addressed at a national referendum need to be worded in cooperation with public organizations and a broad range of representatives of civil society in the nearest future. In any case, these issues should address vital issues and aspects of the country's development, no doubt, the Constitution and the state system,' Yanukovych told a press conference in Rostov-on-Don on Friday.
Viktor Yanukovych believes the latest events in Ukraine, including the loss of life, have been a result of the Western countries' policy. 'The disturbances and casualties are consequences of a political crisis and a result of the West's irresponsible policy, which connived with Maidan,' Yanukovych said.
Viktor Yanukovych has called for the acts of violence in Ukraine to be investigated under the joint monitoring of the authorities, the opposition and the Council of Europe (CoE).
'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 the radicals have driven us,' Yanukovych said.
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.
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.
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