Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after testifying at the regional court of Rostov-on-don on the case about the events on the Maidan in Kiev in 2014, acknowledged that the secession of Crimea from Ukraine and accession of the Peninsula to the Russian Federation – “is bad” for Kiev. The ex-President called a decent respect for the position of President Vladimir Putin to protect Russian-speaking citizens in the Crimea.
“Events in Crimea is the result of the provocation of Maidan. If independence is not provoked, the referendum would not be”, – Yanukovych said at a press conference after giving evidence via video link, answering questions of journalists (quoted by TASS). However, he acknowledged that the negative attitude to the secession of Crimea from Ukraine, but the events on the Peninsula did not come as a surprise.
According to the ex-President of Ukraine, he received operational information about how the radicals have dealt with the inhabitants of the Crimea who came in the days of Euromaidan in Kiev for peaceful demonstrations in defense of the interests of Russian-speaking population of the Peninsula.
“I shot eight buses with inhabitants of the Crimea. Then he set fire to a bus. After the gas tank exploded and people began to disperse, the radicals in masks have opened on them “hunting”. Those who were able to return home afterwards, said that carries the Crimea independence,” continued Yanukovych.
The former head of state reminded about the so-called “Train of friendship with the radicals, who in February and March went to the Crimea, preparing provocations on the Peninsula.
“Well, that Crimea separated from Ukraine? No, I think it’s bad,” said the ex-President of Ukraine (quoted by “Interfax”). However, Yanukovych called the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin to protect Russian-speaking residents of the Crimea during the change of power in Kiev is worthy of respect.
Viktor Yanukovych fled with his family from Ukraine in late February 2014 after protests in Central Kiev. February 22 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution stating that Yanukovych “withdrew” from the performance of duties. The powers of the President were transferred to the speaker of the Rada Oleksandr Turchynov on may 25, 2014 was held early presidential elections, which were won by Petro Poroshenko.
At home Yanukovych was accused of several crimes including premeditated mass murder, in which he was declared internationally wanted.
In addition, the security Service of Ukraine brought on Yanukovych’s criminal case on usurpation of power, and the Prosecutor General of Ukraine opened a criminal case on misappropriation of state property.
In June 2015, the Interpol stopped search of the ex-President after Yanukovych’s lawyers filed a complaint against the alleged political nature of his prosecution.
This summer, the state office of public Prosecutor of Russia has refused to extradite Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych, as he felt his prosecution in the homeland politically motivated.