The former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych gave an interview to German publication Der Spiegel Christian Neefe. The conversation took place in Moscow, although, as the newspaper writes, most of the time the ex-President lives in the South, in Rostov-on-don.
According to Neef, during a conversation Yanukovych was confused and tried to avoid difficult issues, but openly spoke about his personal life.
The conversation began with the birth of EuroSIDA in Kiev. The blame for the beating of students in Kiev on the night of 30 November 2013, which was the beginning of the Maidan, Yanukovych blamed the radicals who provoked the police. He allegedly did not give ordered to suppress statements and learned about the incident only in the morning when I played tennis. He also said that the protests were the result of intrigue in his own neighborhood, with the organization of the protests could stand oligarch Dmitry Firtash and head of presidential administration Sergey Levochkin, who, citing illness, did not respond to calls.
About Yanukovych once again stated that he had not renounced power, and from his post. “I was in Ukraine, I just cut off from the media, blocked and chased me across the country,” he explained. He told of one episode where on the way from Donetsk to the Crimea his motorcade allegedly expected an ambush, and hundreds of militants with heavy weapons, which were “all shot”. According to Yanukovych, he and his common-law wife survived only because the time received a warning about the ambush near Melitopol.
After his escape, said Yanukovych, Ukraine has turned into “wild field”. The ex-President denied allegations of corruption, said that never had accounts abroad and earth. The former President also said he did not discuss with President Putin the possibility of Russian troops to Ukraine. At the same time, he acknowledged that his letter to Putin and the present is not fake.
“No, it’s not fake. But this is not an official decree to let in the troops. It was a statement about their “use”. Different things I this letter has long been forgotten,” — said Yanukovych, and added that the letter has no legal force, because then he was no longer President. The entire history of this appeal Yanukovych has called a “farce”.
The publication stresses that in the text of the document, Yanukovych insists that he is the legitimate and current President of Ukraine.
In addition, Yanukovych said that meets with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin very rarely, he only saw him a few times. “I understand, my problem is not his level,” — said the former President of Ukraine.
Financial assistance to Yanukovych receives from his eldest son Alexander (his younger son Victor died in March 2015 on lake Baikal). In addition, the former President said that not living with his wife Lyudmila, the marriage which lasted 45 years. Now as his companion in life acts the sister of his former cooks, a name which Yanukovych did not name.
Yanukovych has said that he had not turned to Russia with a request to send troops to their country, and sent a statement. “I did not ask to send troops to Ukraine,” — he said and added that letter 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 do it in the framework of its powers”, — said Yanukovych.
Read more at : In Kiev said earlier that in the framework of a criminal investigation against Yanukovych received a photocopy of his statement with the request to send Russian troops to Ukraine at the end of January 2017, the letter conveyed to the UN Secretariat. According to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, all received from Russia the documents are officially recognized by the UN. “The investigation of military Prosecutor’s office received incontrovertible documentary evidence of high treason Yanukovych,” — wrote Lutsenko.