The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych stated that in February 2014, before leaving Kyiv, he offered to burn the residence Mezhyhiria, but he refused. On Yanukovych said after the questioning in the court in Rostov-na-Donu newspaper “Kommersant”.
Answering the question of correspondent of the newspaper, whether it was the right decision to leave during those events in Kiev, Yanukovych said that it was his “biggest mistake”. “I didn’t have to go from Kiev”, – quotes the edition of his words.
“But the situation was as follows <…> I was sure for hundred percent that it would begin to storm the residence! And I was there the soldiers of my guard, serious, loyal, about a thousand people, armed to the teeth, and they would to death standing there! And they would, of course, breaking anything that would put people there is a huge number!”, – said Yanukovych.
According to him, people asked him, “whether this residence in order to put people here?”. What, according to Yanukovych, he replied: “she’s not worth a damn”. However, he said that in Ukraine he had no residence, and the house, which, he said, paid 3 million 200 thousand hryvnias. “The rest of it — not my property! Protect it and stand there to death?”, – it asked a question.
According to Yanukovych, it was not about its safety and on the protection of the residence. “I was standing professionals with machine guns, automatic weapons! And then I said “fuck it, this residence! Let open the gates, let them look!” Some told me: “Yes, we let her burn in hell!” I said, “what do you mean? What I have to do with this?! It is not my property to shoot! It belongs to a very different people,” – said Yanukovych, adding that the owner “soon your voice will give.”
Last Monday in court in Rostov-on-don, Yanukovych gave testimony in the case about the riots on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kiev in the winter of 2013-2014. The interrogation took place in a videoconference mode. Read more about how was the questioning, read the material.