MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) – Deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whom Ukraine put on an international wanted list on mass murder charges, will hold a news conference in southern Russia on Friday, an official close to him said Thursday.
The conference will take place at 17:00 Moscow time (1.00 p.m. GMT) in the city of Rostov-on-Don at a venue to be announced soon.
Anonymous government sources said earlier in the day that Russia had accepted Yanukovych’s request for security and that the fugitive leader was currently on Russian territory.
Yanukovych’s whereabouts have been the subject of feverish speculation.
He is wanted in Ukraine for allegedly being responsible for the recent deaths of dozens of protesters and was last seen in the Crimean seaside town of Balaklava on Sunday evening, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.