Updated at 14:38,23-10-2020

Yanukovich: Crimea should stay in Ukraine


The Ukrainian ex-President said it at a press conference in Rostov-on-Don.

He thinks that the events in Crimea are an adequate response to the events in Kiev: "Crimeans do not want to be ruled by nationalists… I can understand their desire to create self-defence groups to protect their houses and families."

"I want to ask Crimeans to avoid bloodshed… I think that Crimea should stay in Ukraine," Victor Yanukovich said.

Military operations in Crimea are inadmissible, he said: "I am not going to ask for military support."

Yanukovich is going to return to Ukraine when his and his family’s safety is guaranteed.