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    Yanukovych Says World Leaders Received His Letters on Ukraine Crisis Resolution

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    Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych told Sputnik on Tuesday that he had received confirmations that his letters concerning the conflict resolution in Ukraine had been delivered to world leaders.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On February 22, Yanukovych sent out letters, which detailed his view on Maidan events and proposals aimed at settling the conflict in the country, such as a referendum on the status of Donbass, to a number of world leaders.

    "I have already received confirmations that all the letters have been delivered to the recipients. I fully understand that the politicians need time to analyze the facts, which a wrote about in the letters. Especially US President Donald Trump, who was not participating in these events," Yanukovych said.

    Aside from Trump, the letters were addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Polish President Andrzej Duda, as well as to the heads of European bodies.

    Mass protests erupted in Ukraine after Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union. The Yanukovych's government was toppled in February 2014, after months of protests in Kiev's landmark Maidan square.

    Following the revolt, local residents in the southeastern part of Ukraine refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, and in April 2014, Kiev launched a special military operation. In February 2015, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany created a ceasefire deal in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, which was later signed by Kiev and the Donbass militias. However, ongoing ceasefire violations have been reported since then.


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