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Ukraine says Yanukovych issued 'criminal order' to fire at protesters

Ukraine's acting interior minister on Thursday accused deposed pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych of issuing the "criminal order" to fire at protesters during February unrest in Kiev that claimed nearly 90 lives. "Yanukovych issed the criminal order... to open fire against protesters on February 18-20," acting interior minister Arsen Avakov told reporters. os-zak/yad

Yanukovych calls Crimea annexation 'a pain and a tragedy'

Deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych said on Wednesday he did not approve of Crimea leaving Ukraine, but blamed the new authorities in Kiev for the region's annexation by Russia. "If this had happened under me, I would have tried not to let it happen," he said in an interview with Russian television, calling the events in Crimea "a pain and a tragedy that is very hard to agree with". Yanukovych was ousted following a series of massive protests after he decided to scrap an agreement with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia.

Yanukovych wants referendum on future of every Ukraine region

Deposed Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych on Friday called for referendums to be held across the country to determine the future status of every Ukrainian region, instead of presidential elections planned for May 25. "As president who is with you in thought and soul, I ask every single sensible citizen of Ukraine not to let yourselves be used by the imposters! Demand a referendum on determining the status of every region in Ukraine," Yanukovych said in a statement quoted by Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency.

Yanukovych wants referendum on future of every Ukraine region

Deposed Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych on Friday called for nationwide referendums to be held across the country to determine the future status of every Ukrainian region. "As president who is with you in thought and soul, I ask every single sensible citizen of Ukraine not to let yourselves be used by the imposters! Demand a referendum on determining the status of every region in Ukraine," Yanukovych said in a statement quoted by Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency.

'Naked' Yanukovych exposed at Ukrainian anti-cafe

First he was stripped of his presidency, then his lavish mansion and opulent tastes were laid bare, and now ousted Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych has been exposed even further, in an infamous nude painting on display in central Kiev. A burly and grim Yanukovych slouches in an unflattering position, with no detail left to the imagination, in the painting called "The Naked King" which swept to accidental fame during the revolution that forced him to flee the country in February.

Switzerland examines alleged money-laundering by Yanukovych

The Swiss public ministry is looking into suspicions of money-laundering by deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a spokeswoman said Saturday. The information from the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland (MROS) had been reported in the Swiss-German press. The money-laundering probe concerns possible corruption "for which Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage could be involved," said the spokeswoman for the federal ministry in Bern.

Kyrgyzstan says Yanukovych no longer Ukraine president

Kyrgyzstan, the most politically open of the former Soviet states in Central Asia, said Wednesday it was concerned by events in Ukraine but no longer recognised the ousted Viktor Yanukovych as president. The foreign ministry in Bishkek gave implicit endorsement to the Western-backed government in Kiev after Yanukovych Tuesday insisted he remained the legitimate ruler of his country and vowed to return to power. "Kyrgyzstan shares the concern of the global community in connection with the escalation of tensions in Ukraine," the statement said.

Yanukovych says still president, expects return to Kiev

Ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday said that he was still the country's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, predicting he would be able to return to Kiev soon. "I remain not just the sole legitimate president of Ukraine but also commander-in-chief," he said in his first public appearance in over a week, in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. "As soon as the circumstances allow -- and I am sure there is not long to wait -- I will without doubt return to Kiev," he added, speaking Russian.

Yanukovych says still president, expects return to Kiev

Ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday said that he was still the country's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, saying he believed he would be able to return to Kiev soon. "I remain not just the sole legitimate president of Ukraine but also commander-in-chief," he said in his first public appearance in over a week, in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. "As soon as the circumstances allow -- and I am sure there is not long to wait -- I will without doubt return to Kiev," he added.

Ousted Ukraine leader to make statement in Russia

The ousted president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, is to speak in southern Russia on Tuesday in his first public statement in over a week, Russian news agencies reported. "The statement will be made in Rostov-on-Don. The exact time and place will be announced later," the agencies cited an unnamed source in his entourage as saying Monday. There were no further details. The Russian media had printed rumours that Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine after three months of street protests in Kiev turned deadly, was seriously ill in a Moscow hospital after a heart attack.
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