Friday, February 28, 2014

Ukraine’s Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych Appears For A News Conference

Live video of a news conference scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET featuring the first public appearance in a week by Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, broadcast by the Russian government’s RT news network. A simultaneous translation into English is available on the network’s website.

Ousted Ukrainian Leader, Reappearing in Russia, Says, ‘Nobody Deposed Me’ -- New York Times

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Viktor F. Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, appeared Friday at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, his first public appearance since he disappeared in Kiev a week ago. Before Friday he had been heard from only in a video from his political stronghold in eastern Ukraine and in a written statement in which he declared that he remained the lawfully elected leader of Ukraine.

“Nobody deposed me,” he said in an opening statement Friday, speaking in Russian. “I had to leave Ukraine because there was a direct and imminent threat to my life.” He said Ukraine had been taken over by nationalist thugs, with the assistance of the West, and called for a restoration of the government he once led.

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More News On Ukraine’s Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's A News Conference

[Live updates] Yanukovych defiant at first press conference since impeachment -- Euronews
Yanukovych Condemns Interim Ukraine Govt as Violent Usurpers -- RIA Novosti
Yanukovich denies ouster, says 'ashamed & guilty' for not preventing chaos -- RT
Viktor Yanukovych: I'm still Ukraine's President, will fight for its future -- CNN
Ukrainian Leader Vows to Fight for Country's Future -- ABC News/AP
Yanukovych Says He Wasn’t Ousted, Fled Ukraine Amid Threats -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Yanukovych: I won’t ask for military assistance -- Washington Post/AP
Yanukovych says he will not ask Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine -- Washington Post
Ousted Ukraine Leader Vows to Keep Fighting -- Time

My Comment: Ukraine’s Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych may act defiant but from my perspective he looks defeated in this news conference .... I guess he knows that his options are limited. He probably also knows that his (and his allies) embezzlement of Ukrainian state funds has discredited him in Ukraine and in much of the world. But Russia is still supporting and protecting him, as evidence by this report ....Yanukovych Escorted to Russia By Fighter Jets – Report -- RIA Novosti

As to the question .... can he make a comeback? Hmmmm .... I would put his odds at zero, and after this conference we will probably not hear from him again.

1 comment:

Bardock99 said...

Are you serious?! Can he make a comeback?

He should be extradited to the CPI and put on prison for the rest of his life. Only the Mafia Russia supports him.