Skip to comments.Ukraine's Yanukovich says still president: Russian news agencies
Posted on 02/27/2014 4:00:27 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich said on Thursday he was still the legitimate president of his country and that people in its southeastern and southern regions would never accept the "lawlessness" brought by leaders chosen by a mob.
Russian news agencies quoted a statement by Yanukovich as saying he had asked Moscow to guarantee his personal safety.
The statement could not be independently verified and it was not clear where Yanukovich was, although some media groups have suggested he is in Moscow after fleeing Ukraine, where he was toppled by opposition forces at the weekend.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said he had no information and could not comment on the statement.
"I, Viktor Fedorovich Yanukovich appeal to the people of Ukraine. As before I still consider myself to be the lawful head of the Ukrainian state, chosen freely by the will of the Ukrainian people," he was quoted as saying.
"Now it is becoming clear that the people in southeastern Ukraine and in Crimea do not accept the power vacuum and complete lawlessness in the country, when the heads of ministries are appointed by the mob."
"On the streets of many cities of our country there is an orgy of extremism," he said, adding that he and his closest aides had been threatened physically.
"I have to ask the Russian authorities to provide me with personal safety from the actions of extremists."
Russian television showed what it said was a copy of the statement.
Interfax news agency quoted a source in the authorities as saying Moscow would ensure Yanukovich's safety on the Russian territory.
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Gotta have some nerve to use words like “lawful head of state” when your citizens are lying dead in the streets with sniper-bullets in them.
I think Russia will have a hard time throwing any serious support behind him. He just went too far, even for Putin and his lot. Russia will rattle their guns a bit to remind Ukraine they’re still the big dog. But I don’t think Ukraine is worth a showdown with Germany and the EU. Fracking is picking up momentum in countries like Poland, Slovakia and Czech republic so European dependence on Russian gas is diminishing. Russia needs Europe more than Europe needs Russia.
If you want to present an analysis at least try bring up some facts. The fracking situation is hardly what you claim:
First of all we have the environmental regulations in the EU. Yes, the European Commission failed recently to introduce legally binding fracking regulations, but since the EU bureaucracy never says never when it comes to reguations, EU nations engaged in fracking would be asked to present scorecards within six months, outlining which EU recommendations have been instigated. If such recommended practices fail to protect the environment, the commission will reconvene to set new legally binding standards in July 2015. The set guidelines wouldnt interfere with a nations sovereign right to ban fracking.
Then we have the situation in Poland which is far less rosy than you depict it:
If you check "EU" and "fracking" on Wikipedia you will find the break-down country by country. The situation in Germany is pretty glum as well - and the Germans are depending on Russian gas at the present!
Let's just hope they remember that, and don't endulge in any beautiful dreams about "Energiewende".
Heck! I would have cleared those protesters out of there fast than the Chinese did Tienanmen Square!