Skip to comments.Yanukovych reportedly declares he is Ukraine's president [will hold press conference]
Posted on 02/27/2014 10:00:12 AM PST by 1rudeboy
Viktor Yanukovych is planning a press conference for Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. in the Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don, according to Russian news agencies.
The announcement added to a wild day in which Ukraine's overthrown leader sent a message to Ukraine in which he declares himself the legitimately elected president of the nation, despite being impeached on Feb. 22 by parliament after he fled his duties ahead of an arrest warrant that charges him with the mass murders of EuroMaidan protesters.
Aside from the murder charges involving the deaths of nearly 100 protests, Arseniy Yatseniuk -- confirmed in parliament as Ukraine's new prime minister -- accused Yanukovych of stealing as much as $70 billion from Ukraine in the last three years.
"I, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, am addressing the people of Ukraine. I still believe myself to be the legitimate head of the Ukrainian state elected in a free vote by Ukrainian citizens," said the writes address obtained by Interfax and other news agencies on Feb. 27.
The Kyiv Post could not independently confirm the authenticity of the statement.
However, citing a Russian government source, Interfax news service reported that Yanukovych is being provided safe haven in Russia. "Considering that President Yanukovych has appealed to the Russian authorities to ensure his personal security, I am informing you that this request has been granted on the territory of the Russian Federation."
Yanukovych, impeached by parliament on Feb. 22 for abandonment of presidential duties and gross human rights violations, said asked Russian authorities to ensure his personal security.
Rather than addressing his alleged crimes, Yanukovych's statement cited threats against him and his allies. "Threats of reprisals are coming to me and my associates. I have to ask the authorities of the Russian Federation to ensure my personal security from extremists' actions...."
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Vladimir Putin, please pick up a white courtesy phone....
Go Putin !
time for this to get real.
so next up he is going to declare himself president of russia ... putin ... your home is about to be occupied.
Long live the USSR! And the camps!
if you has to prove you is...you ain’t
now how long before we all start getting emails from his brothers in law offering us millions just to use our bank accounts?
Dunno. Would Obama run to Mexico and ask the Mexicans to intervene?
Someone needs to put the Ukrainian Army on alert for a Russian invasion. This could get very ugly. This is a country of 45 million, not some tiny country tucked in the corner of the former empire.
Yes, go KGB!
Death to the capitalist pigs!
Go to hell, Thomas Jefferson!
First, the Ukraine is very unlike the US, so this is a stupid analogy.
Second, no one in the Ukraine is saying "we are the government." They are saying they want new elections to establish a government.
He was impeached by their congress. I don't know what the Ukrain constitution allows, but it was not just a mob.
If that wasn't constitutional, then bring him back, arrest him on theft and corruption charges, and imprison him.
Who’s the boss?
They impeached him and convicted him, so in the US he would be gone.
The question is who follows an impeached and convicted president in the USA? I assume it’s the VP, but that would cause major heartburn if the sidekick of the guy you just got rid of took over the white house. Kick out Obama and get Biden?
They kicked out Nixon and got...not vp spiro agnew...but newly installed vp Gerald Ford. I suspect someone would do something similar with Biden.
Putin would be making a mistake if he stands with this lowlife Yanukovych...
After armed mobs had driven away all the members that supported him and were outside the parliament building waiting to see if the remaining members voted "correctly".
Russia does not sell out its friends. And that’s being noted by its enemies.
Will America stand by its allies? Obama has a lousy track record in that department.
Pardon me? Russia has friends? I know that Russia has never been a friend to the Ukraine, so why would that change now?
The USSR went belly up in 1991, I have no idea what you are talking about (and good riddance to those mass murdering Godless heathens)
But don’t for a minute think the commies have given up, they have just moved from the old USSR into western Europe and the US where they have taken power and are marching us toward annihilation with Obama leading the parade.
Plenty of them stayed in Moscow - Putin for one.
Yanukovych getting out of the country was the worst possible situation for Ukraine.
Russia is, as always, on a war footing and this is an act of war. Yanukovich knows his side and his place and he got a phone call from pooty-tooty. People who don’t know might even find out why we fought a cold war. But Putin’s cool looking bare chsted killing bears. He’s got Bambi beat all to heck.
Europe has commies? Who knew?
He’s so dreamy . . . a veritable bare-chested example of Ayn Rand-style libertarian economic conservatism.
Viktor Yanukovych is damaged goods for many reasons such as his opulent palace and exposed kleptocracy. If Vlad tries to take back all or some of Ukraine it will not be with Yanukovych
People often forget to mention that she was born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
yes, but today they call themselves democratic socialists.
You prefer your socialists in the undemocratic flavor?