February 28, 2014
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych lashed out at the West on Friday for its support for what he described as the violent usurpers that seized power in his former Soviet nation over the weekend.
Looking nervous while addressing reporters in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Yanukovych rejected suggestions that he had been overthrown and insisted he had been forced to flee Ukraine under duress.
“Power in Ukraine was seized by nationalists, neo-Fascist youths that represent an absolute minority of the people,” he said. “I was not overthrown. I was forced to leave Ukraine under immediate threat to my life and the lives of my loved ones.”
Yanukovych, who was making his first appearance in public since leaving the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, over the weekend, said those currently in power were fully to blame for the crisis he said was now gripping the country.
This article was posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm