March 9, 2014
Yanukovich says will 'continue struggle for Ukraine's future'
Viktor Yanukovich, appearing in public for the first time since he was ousted as Ukraine's president, said in Russia today he would not give up the fight for his country's future.
In the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, he appeared in a suit and tie and told reporters he had been forced from power by pro-Fascist forces and blamed the crisis on the West for "indulging" protesters seeking his ouster.
He said lawlessness and chaos had followed an agreement he signed with his opponents last Friday, which was brokered by the European Union and was intended to end three months of crisis. He fled Kiev later that day.
Earlier, a statement released by the general prosecutor's office said Ukraine will ask Russia to extradite Yanukovich if it is confirmed that he is in Russia.
"Ukraine's Prosecutor-General intends to raise the issue of the extradition of the internationally wanted citizen of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich in case it is officially confirmed that he is in the Russian Federation," it said.
Meanwhile, the Swiss government ordered the freezing of the assets of 20 Ukrainians, including ousted president Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander, Switzerland's financial markets authority FINMA said in a statement.
The government published a list of the 20 people concerned on its website. It includes Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander.
FINMA said the Swiss government had made the decision to block the assets on Wednesday and the measures would come into force on Friday at noon.