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Ukraine's Yanukovych says he did not give order to shoot protesters

Published on Feb 28, 2014 10:46 PM

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (REUTERS, AFP) - Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday he had not ordered police to shoot at protesters before he was forced out of power and that the responsibility for bloodshed in Kiev lay with the demonstrators.

At a news conference in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Mr Yanukovych, 63, also said he was surprised that Russian president Vladimir Putin had said nothing in public about the past week's events in Ukraine.

Speaking in Russian, he also said he had not seen Mr Putin but had spoken to him by telephone during that time.

Asked about his arch-rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was released from jail last Saturday, Mr Yanukovych said he had never meant her any harm.

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