Viktor Yanukovych, the fugitive former president of Ukraine claimed that the citizens of currently annexed Sevastopol, Crimea sought the protection of Russia in February 2014 during his press conference in Moscow as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
‘I personally saw people in Sevastopol on February 23 who finished (the pro-Russian) meeting and went to the downtown of the city, discussed the situation in Kyiv. I succeeded to talk with these people and I heard the big concern about their security and desire to find the protection of Russia from them’, Yanukovych claimed.
He added that the same day he also negotiated with Volodymyr Yatsuba, the Head of Sevastopol City State Administration of that time and he told about the ‘firm tune’ of the local citizens.
Yanukovych also commented the scandalous letter to Putin in which he asked to deploy the Russian troops in Ukraine.
‘I did not write a letter to Putin, I wrote an appeal to Putin. It was the same as the appeal to three states-singers of the peaceful agreement (on the settlement of the political crisis) written on February 22 in Donetsk. The difference was that in the letter to Putin I referred not to the peaceful agreement signed by three guarantors of the European countries but to the Agreement on Friendship and Mutual Support between Ukraine and Russia’, he said.
Earlier Yanukovych commented the law on the reintegration of occupied Donbas recently adopted in Ukraine and claimed that it aims at the continuation of the war.