Ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych has said he still considers himself the country’s legitimate president.
“I, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, address the people of Ukraine,” ITAR-TASS quotes Mr 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.”
In his statement, the ousted president also urges the Russian authorities to ensure his personal security against ‘the extremists’ acts’.
“Since president Yanukovych addressed the authorities of the Russian Federation asking to provide his personal protection, I inform you that this petition has been granted in the territory of the Russian Federation,” a source in Russian authorities told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.
It is to be recalled that Mr Yanukovych was put on the international wanted list on February, 26.The fugitive president is accused of being behind the deaths of more than 100 protesters at the hands of riot police.