16:31 GMT18 June 2021
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    Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych plans to return to the country, and the necessary legal preparations for it will be made soon, his lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk said.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — In February 2014, violent clashes with law enforcement broke out in Kiev, spreading across the country and leading to a government coup. The protest forced Yanukovych, the Ukrainian president at the time, to flee the country.

    The lawyer stressed that the procedure of removing Yanukovych from the office was carried out with severe violation of the constitution.

    "He has intentions to return to Ukraine, and legal steps will be made for this. Yanukovych has not relinquished his presidential powers and has not withdrawn from the country's leadership," Serdyuk told the Ukrainian Glavcom news portal in an interview.

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