President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don, said that he was alive and well, although he was not feeling too well - too bad events were taking place in Ukraine. The president noted that there are gangs of fascists and nationalists in Ukraine who "do what they want."
- The lawlessness against the citizens of Ukraine is growing. They want to put the army under the banner of Bandera. They want to include militants in the armed forces, - said Yanukovych.
- I want to ask the patrons of the "black forces" in the West: are you blind? Have you forgotten what fascism is? - he asked.
Yanukovych noted that Ukrainian soldiers and officers know what they are worth and will not execute orders. He also recalled that he did not cease his powers and remains the legitimate president of the state, and did not leave the territory of Ukraine at the time of the coup, being in the east of the country and in the Crimea.
“I also remain the supreme commander of the armed forces of Ukraine. As soon as circumstances permit, I will return to Kiev. But I remind you that the presidential elections announced in May are illegitimate and illegal.
Yanukovych appealed to the international community, recalling that it is impossible to allocate funds to support an illegitimate government. He recalled that the United States and the IMF want to provide financial support to the government of Yatsenyuk.
- We will survive this confusion. The people fooled by you will begin to see clearly, - he noted.
Before the start of the press conference, the journalists were told that questions at the meeting with the press are not provided for and everything will be limited to Yanukovych’s statement. Around 150 journalists attended the press conference. Live broadcasts were conducted by Russia 24 and Russia Today.
This is the second meeting of Yanukovych with journalists after he left Ukraine. The first took place on February 28 also in Rostov-on-Don. There Yanukovych arrived from Ukraine, having left its territory after the organizers of "euromaidan" seized power in the country. The first meeting was attended by about 200 journalists from various media representing Russia. During the press conference, Yanukovych said that he would not participate in the May presidential elections and would return to Kiev as soon as he could ensure personal security for himself and his family.
A number of regions of the east and south of Ukraine, as well as the Crimea, did not recognize the legitimacy of the decisions of the Verkhovna Rada, declaring the illegality of the removal from office of President Viktor Yanukovych, and also decided to hold referendums on the future of their regions.
President Vladimir Putin appealed to Sovfed for permission to send troops into the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. On the eve of the vote, this initiative was supported by the relevant committees of the upper house of parliament, later it was unanimously supported by the Federation Council. Earlier, an appeal to the head of state was made by both chambers of the Russian parliament, who were asked to take measures to stabilize the situation in Crimea. Later, Putin announced that he would send troops to Ukraine only in the event of a real threat to the residents of the East and the Crimea from the right-wing radicals.
16 March in Crimea will be held a referendum in which residents will vote to join Russia as a subject of the federation or for broad autonomy within Ukraine.