Dismissed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych held a press conference in Rostov-on-Don. At the very beginning of his speech, he said that he did not intend to stop the struggle for the future of Ukraine.
Yanukovych stressed that no one overthrew him, and Ukraine had to leave because of the incessant threats that come against him and his loved ones.
“As you know, nationalist, pro-fascist thugs, representing an absolute minority of Ukrainians, have seized power in Ukraine. The existing way out of the situation is the fulfillment of everything that was stipulated by the agreement between the President of Ukraine, the opposition with the participation of the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland, as well as the representative of the Russian Federation, ”said Viktor Yanukovych.
The suspended president considers it necessary to hold a national referendum, questions for which should be prepared with the "participation of public organizations, a wide range of representatives of civil society."
They should address actual problems, the further development of the country, the constitution and the state system, he added.
The human sacrifices that took place in Ukraine were the result of Western policies, Yanukovych said.
“Shocks and sacrifices are the consequences of a political crisis, the result of the irresponsible policies of the West that condoned Maidan,” he said. The President expressed the hope that Ukraine will be able to overcome this crisis.
Regarding the situation in the Crimea, Yanukovych stressed that the peninsula should remain part of Ukraine with the widest possible autonomy.
The formation of self-defense units is a natural reaction to what is happening in Kiev. “Crimeans will not be subordinate to the nationalists and Benderians,” said Yanukovych. The president of Ukraine is not planning to turn to the Russian authorities for military help.
Viktor Yanukovych told reporters that he was in Rostov-on-Don at the invitation of his old friend. Return to Ukraine is possible if there is a guarantee of security for him and his family. He stressed that he had not yet met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but spoke on the phone.
Early presidential elections in Ukraine, scheduled for May 25, Viktor Yanukovych considers illegal, and will not take part in them.
He also believes that the destabilization of the domestic political situation and the loss of Russia as an economic partner were the reasons for the pre-default state of the Ukrainian economy.
Viktor Yanukovych apologized to the people of Ukraine for not having the strength to “keep stability”. He also stressed that at the meeting with the soldiers of the special forces "Berkut" also apologized to them.
According to Yanukovych, "these are really people who stood and stood unarmed." "They were poured over with Molotov cocktails, they were burned, they were shot from rifled weapons and killed. I apologized to them. Once again I want to repeat that I apologize to these courageous people who stood and innocently suffered, ”Yanukovych said at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don.
Russia cannot be indifferent, stand aside when it comes to such a large partner as Ukraine, says Yanukovych. In his opinion, the neighboring state should use all possibilities to prevent chaos and terror.
The President of Ukraine is confident that the scenario that is now being developed in Ukraine was written outside its borders.
"I am sure that the time will pass and the truth will prevail, and everyone will know the truth on many, many issues, because now there is, unfortunately, a terrible theatrical performance with the participation of militants and authors of this bloody script," he told the press conference.
“You, I think, agree with me that there is no more interested person, and there was not, than me and my team, that there was no bloodshed, that it all ended peacefully, but, probably, this script was written not in Ukraine”, - added Yanukovych.
In conclusion, the press conference, Yanukovych turned to the new authorities of Ukraine. He called for an end to the excesses, because everything will have to be held responsible.
“The end is already clear. The people of Ukraine will never agree with you to live in such a country together. Therefore, I want to say: go away and do not allow even greater lawlessness and grief to the Ukrainian people. "
Recall that earlier Viktor Yanukovych in connection with the political crisis in Ukraine asked the authorities of the Russian Federation to ensure his personal security, and Russia responded to his request.
On the eve of Viktor Yanukovych issued a statement saying that he still considers himself the legitimate president of the country.
“Unfortunately, everything that is happening now in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is not of a legitimate nature. Decisions made by parliament in the absence of many members of the Party of Regions faction, other factions that fear for their safety, and some even were subjected to physical violence and forced to leave the territory of Ukraine, are illegal, ”he said.
Verkhovna Rada appointed early presidential elections on 25 May.