Ukraine crisis: Yanukovych says still president, expects return to Kiev
Published on Mar 11, 2014 6:58 PM
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AFP) - Ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday said that he was still the country's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, predicting he would be able to return to Kiev soon.
"I remain not just the sole legitimate president of Ukraine but also commander-in-chief," he said in his first public appearance in over a week, in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
"As soon as the circumstances allow - and I am sure there is not long to wait - I will without doubt return to Kiev," he added, speaking Russian.
In contrast to his lengthy press conference on February 28 when he re-emerged in Russia, Yanukovych gave only a seven minute statement in a conference hall in Rostov-on-Don, standing in front of several Ukrainian flags. He then left the stage alone without taking questions.
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