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Yanukovych not to ask Russia for military support, slams West for chaos

English.news.cn   2014-03-01 02:00:05

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Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during a news conference in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Feb. 28, 2014. (Xinhua/Liu Yiran)

MOSCOW, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he would not ask Russia for military support to resolve domestic crisis, but he blamed some Western powers for the chaos in his country.

"Any military operation is unacceptable in that situation ... I 'll return to Ukraine as soon as my and my family's safety are guaranteed," he told a press conference in Russia's Rostov-on-Don, some 1,000 km southwest of Moscow, in his first public appearance after a week-long hiding.

Meanwhile, Yanukovych said he was surprised that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been "silent."

"I haven't met Putin, only spoke to him by phone. We agreed to meet when he'll find such an opportunity," he said. "After a meeting with Putin, I'll understand his position, and we'll discuss these issues."

"Russia must use all available resources to put an end to the chaos and terror that exist in Ukraine today," Yanukovych said.

He added that it did not mean Russia must do anything, but Russia could not stay indifferent to the fate of such a big partner like Ukraine.

However, Yanukovych stressed that he was "categorically against intervention into Ukraine."

He claimed "I am still the president, because I am alive, I didn't step down in line with the Constitution, and impeachment was not declared."

For that, Yanukovych said he was not going to take part in the presidential elections scheduled on May 25, because they were, in his opinion, illegally announced by the opposition-controlled Supreme Rada, the parliament.

The ousted president blamed "irresponsible" Western powers for chaos and lawlessness in his country.

"Outcome of the crisis will be difficult as a result of irresponsible Western policy of supporting Maiden (the Independence Square)," he said.

"But we'll overcome," he stressed.

Yanukovych said the current parliament was illegitimate because power in Ukraine has been seized by nationalists "who represent absolutely minority of the population."

He accused the opposition of violating the agreement on constitutional reform signed on Feb. 21. The agreement, if implemented, could have calmed the situation, he said.

"I'd like to hear answer from the (Western) guarantors of the agreement. They didn't even try to reach me, even by phone. This issue is still on agenda," Yanukovych said.

"What happened afterwards could only be called lawlessness, terror and chaos. Rada has been making decisions, coercing some members to vote," he said.

"These are not Parliament's decisions, these are Maiden's decisions," he added.

He said the responsibility lay on "visible and invisible supporters" of the opposition, including those in the West and United States.

Meanwhile, he said, "I am ashamed. Moreover I'd like to beg pardon for what happened, for I failed to keep stability and allowed lawlessness in the country."

However, Yanukovych insisted that he "did not escape."

"I moved from Kiev to Kharkov, when I was fired at by automatic guns," he said. "I asked head of administration and chairman of Rada who accompanied me to fly to Donetsk while I fly to Lugansk. We were warned by military and air traffic controllers that they' ll intercept us unless we change the route. So we got to land in Donetsk."

Speaking of his Mezhyhirya residence that was seized by Ukraine 's new authorities, Yanukovych said he was planning legal action to retrieve the estate.

"Very soon international lawyers will appeal to courts because it isn't Ukrainian property," he said, adding that he had never had any property or bank accounts abroad.


 

Editor: Mengjie
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