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"I would like to address the people of Ukraine," Yanukovych said excitedly. "I want to apologize to everyone who suffers and who has suffered. I will be doing everything I can til the end of my life," assured Yanukovych.
Viktor Yanukovych also addressed the current authorities of Ukraine. "You will bear full responsibility for that, the end is clear," he said. "Never will the people of Ukraine to live with you in such a country."
“I have had no meeting with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. As soon as I hold this meeting, I will understand his attitude, and we will probably discuss the current situation,” the fugitive Ukrainian leader told journalists at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don when asked if the Russian leadership considers him Ukraine’s president.
He emphasized once again that he remains the legitimately elected president of Ukraine.
Yanukovych also said he believes Russia to be a strategic partner, adding that he is surprised that Putin “keeps silent.
East Ukraine will rise as soon as factories stop, Yanukovych said at his press conference. "I lived in East Ukraine for 52 years," reminded he. "I very well understand the mentality of this people. While people work at factories, coalmines, while they have a three shift schedule, they are busy and they get salary, they won't go anywhere," Yanukovych said. "but as soon as these factories stop and the people are left with no money to live on, East Ukraine will rise, the whole industrial Donbass region will rise," finished viktor Yanukovych.
“When I was in Ukraine everyone was terrorised by Russian special task force units. I’m also terrorised that anything can happen with me,” Yanukovich told a news conference.
“I had no such information. Now I haven’t such information. These are rumours that anyone spread,” he said.
“I had many talks with Putin, we have been in constant dialogue, but our dialogue concerned our economic interests — Ukraine and Russia,” Yanukovych said in reply to journalists’ questions at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Friday.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don he would not ask other countries for military support.
“I believe that any military operations in this situation are inadmissible. I am not going to ask for military support,” Yanukovych said.
He also stated that he is absolutely against Russia's interference in the Ukrainian conflict.
"A theatrical performance is taking place, with militants and authors of this bloody script participating," Yanukovych said. "There hasn't been a more engaged party in the conflict than me and my team to stop the bloodshed and to stop everything peacefully. This script can't have been written in Ukraine," he said.
Yanukovych says he's the legitimate President of Ukraine. He said he didn't resign and without a constitutional impeachment he is still acting and legitimate leader of the country.
“If the incumbent president does not resign under the Constitution, if he is alive (and I’m alive as you see) and if an impeachment is not declared in the parliament, he is president,” Yanukovich told a news conference.
“Thus, I cannot recognize the impeachment, which was declared by the parliament. I consider it the performance. I never recognize it,” the Ukrainian president said.
Yanukovych said he did not recognise and had not recognised the laws that the parliament “approved by violence”.
“I’ve never signed them. So these laws have not been approved,” he said.
Viktor Yanukovych considers Russia a strategic partner and can't understand why he still is silent. Russia is obliged to act in current situation, he adds.
Implementation of agreements with the opposition that were signed in the presence of foreign mediators remains on the agenda, President Viktor Yanukovych told a news conference here Friday.
“A meeting (with the mediators) is needed for discussing everything,” he said.
Yanukovych feels sorry for Ukraine's ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko. He said her agreement with Russia cost Ukraine $20 mln. Her release is a legal matter and it is to be discussed by specialists, Yanukovych said.
Ukrainian riot police Berkut are outstanding people, says the President. "They stood and suffered, and I once again apologize to them," Viktor Yanukovych said.
Yanukovych also said he didn't give orders to the police to shoot at the protesters.
Yanukovych adds the West initiated the agreement witgh radicals, pushed it through, and therefore can be blamed for the events.
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, who is staying temporarily on the Russian territory, said here Friday he does not condemn the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada who were forced to take decisions at gunpoint.
As a legitimate President, Yanukovych said that Crimea must remain a part of Ukraine. The events in Crimea are a natural reaction to a coup attempt. The citizens won't obey nationalists, Yanukovych noted.
Viktor Yanukovych said he hasn't met Vladimir Putin yet, but will meet him as soon as there's time for that. He also noted that he isn't going to ask for Russia's military support.
Viktor Yanukovych explains why he is in Rostov-on-Don. He says he's got a good friend in the city and is staying at his friend's.
Yanukovych came to Russia with help of "patriotic officers", he says.
Yanukovych will return to Ukraine when his safety can be guaranteed. He also needs international mediators to guarantee his safety.
Viktor Yanukovych says he went to Kharkiv at night due to security reasons because there was information on radicals in Kharkiv, that might be dangerous to his life. On the way to Lugansk Yanukovych's helicopter was blocked. Then he moved by car.
The agreement to settle the crisis involved disarmament of the radicals, says Yanukovych. He believed in decency of the mediators, but he was let down. The agreement was to stop the crisis, but what started later can hardly be called peace, adds Yanukovych. The power in Ukraine was seized by pro-fascist roughnecks.
Viktor Yanukovych has started the conference. After greeting he says he hasn't been ousted, but left Ukraine due to security reasons. He says there was a threat to his life and the lives of his family members.
The conference if lead by first deputy director of ITAR-TASS news agency Mikhail Gusman.
About 200 journalists have gathered for a press conference of Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych in Russia's Rostov-on-Don.
An hour before the conference it was almost impossible to get through to the doors of the conference hall.
Viktor Yanukovych hasn't been seen publicly since last Sunday.