Former Ukrainian president Yanukovych: I never asked Russia to send troops to Ukraine


Former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said he did not address Russian authorities with a request to send troops to Ukraine.

“I did not ask to send troops to Ukraine. Firstly, it was not a letter (that he sent to Putin in 2014 – RRT), but rather a statement. Secondly, there are certain laws,” said Yanukovych in his appeal to world leaders, spread by the Russian media.

Also, the ex-president added that he did not commit treason.

“I did not betray my people, I was trying to protect them, to do so in the framework of my authority,” said Yanukovych.

“That was my goal. It can be emotional, but I was looking for ways to protect people,” he concluded.

According to Yanukovych, his main goal was to “stop the illegal armed groups that started killing people in the Donbas.”

In January the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that the United Nations Secretariat provided a photocopy of the statement of the ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych he wrote on March 1, 2014 with a request to send Russian troops to the territory of the country. Yanukovych said that the letter was publicly available on the UN website for almost 3 years.