Putin calls Ukraine events coup, defends Russian position
                     English.news.cn | 2014-03-04 21:53:13 | Editor: Mengjie

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference in his country residence of Novo-Ogaryova outside Moscow on March 4, 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a press conference in his country residence of Novo-Ogaryova outside Moscow on March 4, 2014. What happened in Ukraine could only be described as an anti-constitutional coup and armed seizure of power, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. (Xinhua/RIA Novosti)

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Putin calls Ukraine events coup, defends Russian position

MOSCOW, March 4 (Xinhua) -- What happened in Ukraine could only be described as an anti-constitutional coup and armed seizure of power, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

During a live interview with a local news channel, Putin said that by the time of signing the agreement on Feb. 21, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has in effect given up his power.Full Story

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