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Yanukovych, apparently, had a strong desire to share, to speak, and to be heard. He arrived at court on time, took all the notes with him, he often returned to the papers, he even planned a second press conference for the week.
Slimmed-down and self-righteous, he spent almost 7 hours answering the questions. During this time, the protection of "Berkut" employees, prosecution and protection of victims questioned fugitive former president on the whole Maidan. But he did not know anything. He said he knows nothing, heard nothing, did not speak to nobody, and those with whom he spoke, were liars, they used the situation to their advantage.
"His testimony is about anything. It does not matted whether he answered the questions or not, they were false," prosecutor Oleksiy Donsky said after questioning.
"Do not you remember your talks with the opposition, and then you called Putin, when people on the Maidan were shot?" Donsky asked. . "No, I do not remember these conversation, and probably there were no such conversations at all," Yanukovych replied.
Nothing unusual did Yanukovych when on February 20, a slaughter unfolded on Instytutska Street. He was asked about that morning, but nothing extraordinary on that day. He remembers how to get data about the arrival of the delegation of the Foreign Ministers of the EU and is ready to meet a high-ranking guests.
From further questioning we become aware that at least six times President Yanukovych was reported about the victims. He remembers only about six of these messages: 24, 27, January 30 and 18, 19 and 20 of February. And so as the questioning goes on, the new details appear. He found a message of a press-service, and remembered that he had met February 19 with representatives of the opposition and tried to agree on a truce with them.
February 20, Yanukovych woke up early, most likely, at his residence. Who and how reported on the massacre in the capital, he does not remember exactly, but the information came in the morning, at about six or seven in the morning. On Thursday (it was Thursday, it does not matter, Yanukovych remembers it or not), there were all the details. But he does not remember them. He could clarify something from the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Vitaly Zakharchenko), Security Service (Olexander Yakymenko) or Prosecutor general (Victor Pshonka). On that day, he might have called Klyuev (Andriy Klyuyev headed the PA under President Yanukovych).
The prosecutor's office claims that about 6:40 (6: 41-6: 42) in the morning on February 20 Defense Minister Lebedev called Yanukovych.
After this conversation, Yanukovych called Zakharchenko - 6: 49-6: 52;
then Yakimenko - 6: 52-7: 00;
then twice again Zaharchenko (7: 01-7: 04 and 8: 24-8: 29).
It was right before the shootings. Yanukovych did not remember these conversations.
Yanukovych, as president, did not give orders to open fire or stop it. Because he could not. After the press conference on Friday, hardly anyone expected the other answers, but on the court, Yanukovych said that he did not give orders to the execution of the Maidan, because did not have the authority to do it. There could not be cease-fire, because the shelling was from the side of the protesters. Simply put, "there was no one who could give orders." He did not have information on weapons, from which people were shot. Those who are legally responsible for issuing weapons must be asked. But he got information about the guns on Maidan, especially that there were weapons on the fifth floor of the House of Trade Unions. He ordered security officials to act according to the law, he said.
In addition, Yanukovych never talked to anyone on "strangling the Maidan," especially with the Russian leadership. Here he is absolutely sure.
He also recalled how he escaped from Kyiv. He told how Olexander Turchynov (February 22, Turchynov became a speaker, and acting president he became on February, 23) threatened to raise intercept fighters to destroy Yanukovych’s helicopter. Yanukovych went to Kharkiv from Mezhyhirya. There he spent the night and went to Donetsk. In the second half of February 22, 2014 in Donetsk, Yanukovych has landed. He needed to get to the aircraft "Falcon", but the plane was not let by the border guards, and Yanukovych went to the side of Crimea. From there he went to Novorossiysk.
Yanukovych remembers alleged assassination on himself. He said about the wounded guards and a few minutes in the documents was looking for his name. Peter Ivantsov was the name ofYanukovych’s guard, wounded February 22, near the Melitopol.
Yanukovych’s memory brings back on the moment of crossing the border. He forgot what to say a few times, but in the end he remembered that left Ukraine February 24, 2014.
"Day of Reckoning will come!" Said prosecutor Lutsenko to Yanukovych. He was negatively responding to a question about management of the shootings. He expressed his apology to families of the Maidan victims. He said he was doing everything possible to avoid blood.
According to the Ministry of Health, 106 people died during protests in Kyiv and regions of Ukraine from November 30, 2013 to April 14.
According to data of Ministry of Internal Affairs from 18 February to 2 March 2014, 20 police officers were killed during the service. According to media reports, from 18 to 20 February in Kyiv, four police officers and Interior Ministry troops were killed.