Yanukovych: No military assistance

2014-02-28 18:16

Rostov-On-Don - Making his first public appearance since fleeing Ukraine, fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych pledged on Friday to fight for his country's future but said he will not ask for military assistance.

"I intend to keep fighting for the future of Ukraine," he told a news conference on Friday in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Yanukovych had not been seen since Saturday as he lost his grip on power.

Yanukovych said he supports Crimea's residents who are worried about "nationalists" in Kiev but that use of force is "unacceptable".

"Any military action in this situation is unacceptable," he said.

Yanukovych insisted he "did not flee anywhere" but left for the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. He said he was "forced" to leave the country when he was in Crimea after his family received threats.

Asked how he managed to get to Russia, the fugitive president said he got out "thanks to patriotic officers who did their duty and helped me to save my life".

Yanukovych said he had not met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia but talked with him on the phone, adding that he hopes the Russian leader will find time to meet him.

The Ukrainian president lambasted the West for allegedly betraying a 21 February compromise agreement between the government and the opposition, saying that recent actions by the opposition run counter to the EU-brokered pact.

Meanwhile, a top Ukrainian security official said two airports in Crimea were under Ukrainian control despite attempts by gunmen to "seize" them.

Ukraine's Interior Minister said earlier Friday that Russian navy troops were blocking access to the airports in Simferopol and Sevastopol, describing it as a "military invasion and occupation".

But Ukraine's Security Council Chief Andriy Parubiy insisted later that the airports were still under Ukrainian control, according to the Interfax news agency.

  • Diana Gill - 2014-02-28 19:02

    So its Krasnodar region now, not Moscow? Anyway, if to consider the fact, that prevailing part of the Crimean population are ethnic Russians, claims coming from the mobster in law are correct, Russians indeed invaded the airport. He seems to dislike the taste of same beer his buddies brewed in Kiev.

  • Udzai Munhumumwe - 2014-02-28 20:33

    Theatre of fools as Ukrainians kill one another and destroy their country and heritage in order to appease USA and EU and appear "civilised" by soon approving Gay marriages. The Ukranians learnt nothibg from revolutions for TV a la Arabs. Zimbabweans rejected the nonsense!

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-03-01 00:09

      Appease the US and EU? Clearly you're nuts. Everyone knows its the out of date neo-Soviet policy of the shirtless, murdering, ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin that is the problem. A progressive Russia with this thug as its leader would be integrating with the EU and rest of the world, not trying to one-up and negatively compete. He doesn't understand this because his map is from the Soviet Union. Russia is allowing itself to be put way behind the rest of the world with this so-called leader. Wake up. You're making a total fool of yourself.

  • I.j. Mthimunye - 2014-03-01 22:46

    disagreeing with the westerns automatically put your career in line, just hope Uganda gets to read this...

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