Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said that he had not turned to Russia with a request to send troops to the Republic, reports TASS with reference to the not yet published Yanukovych’s interview to a group of journalists.
“I did not ask to send troops to Ukraine. This is not so,” he said, and added that letters to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin he didn’t send, but sent a statement. “This is not a letter, and the statement in the first place. Secondly, there are laws. I didn’t betray my people, I was trying to protect the people, and to do so in the framework of its powers”, — said Yanukovych.
He explained that his main goal was “to stop gangs of illegal immigrants” who “began to destroy the people in the Donbass”. “I was looking for ways to protect for people,” said Yanukovych.
That Yanukovych asked him to send troops to Ukraine, 4 March 2014 at the meeting of the UN security Council said the permanent representative of Russia Vitaly Churkin.
A copy of the statement of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to the President of Russia with a request to send troops to Ukraine was published by the Ukrainian edition “Censor.NO.” It is said that the events on the Maidan led to the fact that “Ukraine was on the verge of civil war.”
“In this regard, I appeal to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin with the request to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to restore legality, peace, law and order, stability and protection of the population of Ukraine”, — said in the appeal.
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