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CNN Breaking News @cnnbrk · Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he is still lawful leader of his country and will return as soon as circumstances allow.
KHERSON, Ukraine – Ukrainians in the Kherson province just north of Crimea say Russian operatives have moved into the territory, an incursion which, if true, could show Vladimir Putin has more than just the Black Sea peninsula in his sights.
Residents of the village of Chonhar, in the Kherson region of Ukraine, say Russian troops showed up last week in armored personnel carriers, prompting the dispatch of Ukrainian troops and a standoff. The suspected Russian troops pulled back and established a checkpoint on a major road leading north from the Crimean capital of Simferopol.
Ukrainian officers and soldiers loyal to their oaths will not take criminal orders from the coup-imposed government in Kiev, ousted President Viktor Yanukovich told reporters.
He added that as a legitimate head of state he also remains commander-in-chief of Ukraine.
“I am still alive and I am still the legitimate president,” Yanukovich said Tuesday in a statement to the media in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
He accused the coup-imposed government of “shooting your own people” in an apparent reference to the allegations that somebody in the current government hired snipers to shoot at both protesters and police officers during the February confrontation and escalate the violence. The new authorities in Kiev “will sooner or later be held accountable for the suffering of the people,” Yanukovich said.
Yanukovich blasted western officials who had recognized the government in Kiev, despite the way it came into power and its connection to right-wing radicals.
“Are you blind? Have you forgotten what fascism is?” he said.
He criticized Washington for its decision to provide a $1 billion loan to the new authorities in Kiev, saying that US law forbids financial support for any government that came to power in a military coup, ousting a legitimately elected head of state. Yanokovich said he would appeal to American legislators to assess the perceived violation.
Yanukovich warned that Ukrainians are facing a serious fall in their living standards due to economic austerity measures that Kiev will have to take to secure western aid. The authorities will blame Yanukovich and probably Russia for this, he predicted, adding that these would be false accusations.
He also mentioned the defiance towards Kiev in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that President Yanukovych, through the mediation of the Foreign Ministers of three European countries – Poland, Germany and France – and in the presence of my representative (this was the Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin) signed an agreement with the opposition on February 21. I would like to stress that under that agreement (I am not saying this was good or bad, just stating the fact) Mr Yanukovych actually handed over power. He agreed to all the opposition’s demands: he agreed to early parliamentary elections, to early presidential elections, and to return to the 2004 Constitution, as demanded by the opposition. He gave a positive response to our request, the request of western countries and, first of all, of the opposition not to use force. He did not issue a single illegal order to shoot at the poor demonstrators. Moreover, he issued orders to withdraw all police forces from the capital, and they complied. He went to Kharkov to attend an event, and as soon as he left, instead of releasing the occupied administrative buildings, they immediately occupied the President’s residence and the Government building – all that instead of acting on the agreement.
Summary table - Number of czars per administration
For example, Mr Kolomoisky was appointed Governor of Dnepropetrovsk. This is a unique crook. He even managed to cheat our oligarch Roman Abramovich two or three years ago. Scammed him, as our intellectuals like to say. They signed some deal, Abramovich transferred several billion dollars, while this guy never delivered and pocketed the money. When I asked him [Abramovich]: “Why did you do it?” he said: “I never thought this was possible.” I do not know, by the way, if he ever got his money back and if the deal was closed. But this really did happen a couple of years ago. And now this crook is appointed Governor of Dnepropetrovsk. No wonder the people are dissatisfied.
ask myself, what was the purpose of all this? I want to understand why this was done. He had in fact given up his power already, and as I believe, as I told him, he had no chance of being re-elected. Everybody agrees on this, everyone I have been speaking to on the telephone these past few days. What was the purpose of all those illegal, unconstitutional actions, why did they have to create this chaos in the country? Armed and masked militants are still roaming the streets of Kiev. This is a question to which there is no answer. Did they wish to humiliate someone and show their power? I think these actions are absolutely foolish. The result is the absolute opposite of what they expecte...
the last parts, impeached / resigned, seems to fit into the picture yes? no?
Does fleeing, maybe for you life constitute resigning? Maybe something more like desertion?
Yes he went to Russia and yes Putin stated Yanukovych had given up power.
And where did he flee to? Russia, no? Isn't Putin his bud? Did Putin really say that he gave up his office? Maybe they've come up with another plan.
Its a moot point - The former President says is is coming back.. We have Russian troops in the neighboring province north of Crimea. The only way he is coming back is to persuade Russia to invade.
He might technically be correct, but this kind of technicality could take years to unravel.
Rushing off to work but just wanted to get this thoughts down for later exploration.edit on 3/11/2014 by ~Lucidity because: (no reason given)
Chronology of the Ukrainian Coup
Listening to the US media, even the most diligent news junkie would find it difficult to know that the U.S. State Department played not only a vital role in the violence and chaos underway in Ukraine but was also complicit in creating the coup that ousted democratically elected President Viktor Yanuyovch. Given the Russian Parliament’s approval of Putin’s request for military troops to be moved into Crimea, Americans uninformed about the history of that region might also be persuaded that Russia is the aggressor and the sole perpetrator of the violence.
Let’s be clear about what is at stake here: NATO missiles on the adjacent Ukraine border aimed directly at Russia would make that country extremely vulnerable to Western goals and destabilization efforts while threatening Russia’s only water access to its naval fleet in Crimean peninsula, the Balkans, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East – and not the least of which would allow world economic dominance by the US, the European Union, the IMF, World Bank and international financiers all of whom had already brought staggering suffering to millions around the globe.
The fact is that democracy was not a demand on the streets of Kiev. The current record of events indicates that protests of civil dissatisfaction were organized by reactionary neo-Nazi forces intent on fomenting a major domestic crisis ousting Ukraine’s legitimate government. As events continue to spiral out of control, here is the chronology of how the coup was engineered to install a government more favorable to EU and US goals.....
Thanks for the answers.
Also? Why didn't he say this initially or sooner? Why the wait?
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That's a breaking news in my country also. www.jn.pt...
The statements of this so called political are absurd: So he says: that the Ukrainian presidential elections that have announced for 25 May would be "illegal and unlawful".
But in the other hand, the annexation of Crimea and the Referendum to be hold to join the Russian Federation ... Are totally legal..
Return of "Jedi President" www.bbc.com...
In this speech, if you substitute Ucranian Extremists for Russian Federation... You will be surprised w/ truth and accuracy of the same speech.
Crimea Referendum: www.bbc.com...
Clearly this guy is a Pro Ucranian President... can't anybody see this...
edit on v2014147America/ChicagoTue, 11 Mar 2014 07:08:49 -05002 by voyger2 because: (no reason given)
Mr Yanukovych actually handed over power.
You might want to check the cash flow between Russia and Ukraine. Those numbers are in the billions as well, and as we both know, a counter argument can be applied about all Russian loan financing to Ukraine with that money going to their side of the extremists.
the difference is russia diddn't spend billions destabilizing the ukraine and installing neo nazis
Tens of millions of Ukrainians - cite a source please?
the nazis killed gazzzilions of russians a few years ago in ww2, and the bolshivics that were installed by the bankers at the turn of the last century killed some ten million ukranians now those same banking interests are at it again
yup putin ios an evil thug alright...hes killed how many people again?
Estimates of casualties in the Second Chechen War vary wildly, from 25,000 to 200,000 civilian dead plus 8,000 to 40,000 Russian military. (Separate figures for Chechen military fatalities from the second war only are not yet referenced in this article.)
Note: Some of these figures include the First Chechen War of 1994-1996. They usually don't include the death toll in Dagestan, Ingushetia, and other neighbouring regions of North Caucasus, where the violence spilled-off from Chechnya.
not much different then the cuban missle crisis...in some ways
counterpunch seems to have compiled an accurate non putin veiw of the progression of events
yeeaahh... Not biased at all. The wording she used in her article are close to identical with the Russian talking points. Secondly her article back info comes from Paul Roberts, a person who also works for PressTV - Iranian state media). With that said I can see where she is basing some of her positions on (outside of the talking points).
Chronology of the Ukrainian Coup
Listening to the US media, even the most .....snipped to reduce the wall of text...Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East – and not the least of which would allow world economic dominance by the US, the European Union, the IMF, World Bank and international financiers all of whom had already brought staggering suffering to millions around the globe.
The fact is that democracy was not a demand on the streets of Kiev.
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause."
Like I said, she is using the talking points put out by Russia.
The current record of events indicates that protests of civil dissatisfaction were organized by reactionary neo-Nazi forces intent on fomenting a major domestic crisis ousting Ukraine’s legitimate government. As events continue to spiral out of control, here is the chronology of how the coup was engineered to install a government more favorable to EU and US goals.....
yup thats spreading democracy all right
i recall when cnn said russia invaded georgia....look how that turned out
oooops....someone zoomed in on the insignia and...oooopsi
What is occurring in Ukraine is democratic.
What is occurring in Crimea is an invasion and occupation while doing the very thing, attacking people who aren't pro Russia, that Russia has used as justification for the invasion.
As for Georgia - How did it work out for them? It worked in the same manner as Crimea - an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation while justifying that action using the super spin cycle - Hitler's blueprint -
Wash(invasion), rinse(military occupation to ferret out those who don't swear allegiance), repeat (Next country.....)
We can go back to the beginning of this mess and what you will see is the many phases of Putin and his justifications, which seem to change every other day.
I guess when you tell so many lies, it becomes difficult to keep them straight.edit on 11-3-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)edit on 11-3-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)extra DIV
Thanks for the answers.
Also? Why didn't he say this initially or sooner? Why the wait?