KIEV, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych insisted Saturday that he would neither resign nor sign any agreement with what he called “bandits terrorizing the country.”
The remarks, apparently made from a location in Yanukovych’s stronghold of eastern Ukraine, are a defiant rejection of calls by the opposition for the president to step aside and potentially set the stage for destabilizing political confrontation in the days ahead.
“I’m doing everything to prevent bloodshed in the country,” Yanukovych said in a televised interview. “They are trying to intimidate me and induce me to resign voluntarily. But I do not intend to resign.”
© RIA Novosti . Andrei Stenin / Go to the mediabankProtesters carry an injured comrade during a clash with riot police in Kiev
Protesters carry an injured comrade during a clash with riot police in Kiev
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