Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Viktor Yanukovych: ''Crimea Is A Tragedy, A Major Tragedy''

Viktor Yanukovych, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. 2 April 2014

In an interview with the Associated Press and Russian channel NTV, he also said he gave no orders to open fire on protesters in the capital, Kiev.

Mr Yanukovych fled Kiev after protests in which more than 100 people died.
Meanwhile, a top Nato commander says Russian forces could seize swathes of Ukraine in three to five days.
Moscow is believed to have massed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine's eastern border in recent days, causing alarm in Kiev and the West.
'Protest vote'
Mr Yanukovych, now in Russia, said he would try to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to return Crimea to Ukraine.
"Crimea is a tragedy, a major tragedy," he said.
"We must set such a task and search for ways to return to Crimea on any conditions, so that Crimea may have the maximum degree of independence possible... but be part of Ukraine."
Mr Yanukovych said had he remained in power, he would have tried to prevent the referendum, calling it a "form of protest" against Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders.
Russian ships in Sevastopol

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