27 February 2014, 14:07

Yanukovych says he is legitimate President of Ukraine, urges to restore constitutional order

Victor Yanukovych

Victor Yanukovych

Victor Yanukovych

Viktor Yanukovych has made an address to the people of Ukraine to declare that he still considers himself the legitimately elected President of Ukraine. "I, Viktor Fyodorovych Yanukovych, am addressing the people of Ukraine. I still believe myself to be the legitimate head of the Ukrainian state elected in a free vote by Ukrainian citizens," he said in the statement.

"I, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, address the people of Ukraine," says the Yanukovych's statement. "I still consider myself to be the legitimate leader of the Ukrainian state, elected on the basis of Ukrainian citizen's free will. I cannot remain indifferent to tragic events in my home country. I consider the Agreement on the Settlement of Crisis in Ukraine, signed on February 21,2014, by myself and Ukrainian opposition leaders, not fulfilled. There is rampant extremism on the streets of our country. My supporters and I receive threats of inflicting bodily harm."

"I have to ask the Russian authorities to provide personal security from extremists for me," the statement continues. "Unfortunately, everything that is going on in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has no legitimate grounds. The decisions taken by the parliament in absence of many members of the Party of Regions faction, other factions, are illegitimate. They [members of the Party of Regions faction] fear for their safety, some of them were subjected to physical violence and were forced to leave the territory of Ukraine."

"In such a situation, I officially declare my readiness to fight for fulfilling important compromise agreements on leading Ukraine out of the deep political crisis. I call for immediately bringing the situation in our country back to the constitutional field."

"It becomes evident that people in south-eastern Ukraine and in the Crimea do not accept anarchy and lawlessness in the country, when ministers are elected by the crowd in the city square. As the incumbent president, I did not allow the armed forces of Ukraine to intervene into current political events. I do not allow this now as well. If someone gives such orders to the Armed Forces and security forces, these orders will be considered illegal and criminal."

Yanukovych followers said that a pseudo-decree of Yanukovych, distributed via the Internet was a faked document. “A pseudo-decree of Yanukovych, distributed via the Internet is a faked document”, RIA Novosti said, citing a source, close to Yanukovych. The latter claimed his legitimacy as a president of Ukraine.

Ukraine's Yanukovych asks Russia to ensure his security - statement

Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovich asks Russia to ensure his "personal security as he fears radical actions on part of extremists that, according to his statement, seized power in the country." "I am recieveing threats, have to ask Russia to ensure my personal security," he said in a statement. 

Meanwhile Ukraine prosecutors opened 'terror' probe into Crimea raid.

"Events taking place at Verkhovna Rada are illegal in the absence of members of Party of Regions, other fractions," Yanukovych said in the statement.

UPDATE: Russia agrees to ensure safety of Ukraine's Yanukovych - source

The Russian authorities have met Viktor Yanukovych's request on ensuring his personal security.

"Considering that President Yanukovych has appealed to the Russian authorities to ensure his personal security, I am informing you that this request has been granted on the territory of the Russian Federation," a Russian government source said.

Earlier it was reported that ousted Ukrainian President Victor YAnukovych is in Russia, in Moscow region. 

Any orders to Ukrainian armed forces to intervene in political events are criminal - Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych warns that any orders on using the Ukrainian armed forces inside the country would constitute a crime. "I, as the incumbent president, have not allowed the armed forces to intervene in the domestic political events. I am ordering this now as well," Yanukovych said in a statement on Thursday.

"If anyone issues such orders to the armed forces, security and law enforcement agencies, such orders will be illegal and criminal," he said.

Yanukovych insists on fulfillment of comprise agreement settling Ukrainian crisis

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has made an official statement, which says he will insist on the fulfillment of the compromise agreement on the settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine.

"I officially declare my determination to fight till the end for the implementation of the important compromise agreements concerning the Ukrainian recovery from the profound political crisis," says Yanukovych's statement.

Events at Verkhovna Rada are illegitimate - Viktor Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has described the latest decisions adopted by the country's parliament as illegitimate.

"Regrettably, the events that are happening in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine today are illegitimate," Yanykovych said in a statement.

Parliament is currently adopting decisions in the absence of many members of the Party of Regions and other factions who fear for their lives, he said, adding that some of these parliamentarians had been subject to violence and had been forced to flee Ukraine illegally. 

Crisis settlement deal with Ukrainian opposition not fulfilled - Yanukovych

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has made an official statement, which says he will insist on the fulfillment of the compromise agreement on the settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine.

"I officially declare my determination to fight till the end for the implementation of the important compromise agreements concerning the Ukrainian recovery from the profound political crisis," says Yanukovych's statement on Thursday.

"There is an extremist rampage on the streets of many cities of the country [Ukraine]," the statement said. "I cannot be indifferent to the tragic events in my country," Yanukovych stated.

Yanukovych calls for returning situation in Ukraine to constitutional framework

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is calling for returning the situation to a legal framework in a statement on Thursday.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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