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Yanukovych gave a press conference in Moscow: 10 main statements

February 6, a cursory former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, held a press conference in Moscow. He spoke about his attitude to the upcoming elections, also touched on the conflict in the Donbas and the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Screenshot from the video channel Russia 24 on YouTube

Edition “Columnist”Gathered the most vivid statements of the former head of the Ukrainian state.

About the perpetrators of the loss of Crimea

“Everything that is connected with the division of the country is successfully carried out by the authorities. This includes the loss of the territory of Crimea, ”he said.

“Who exactly is to blame for the loss of Crimea, specific perpetrators, who violated the Constitution of Ukraine and carried out a coup d'état, who shot innocent people who took to mass protests, and law enforcement agencies, who committed this terrible provocation?” Yanukovych asked questions.

About the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine and the current leader Petre Poroshenko

“I have known Petro Poroshenko for a long time. The fact that he was a member of the Party of Regions - too. The trouble is that he is not a statesman, but a businessman. Money comes first, and he is ready to exchange everything for it. A distinctive feature is lies. He is very, very sophisticated, ”Yanukovych said.

“All presidential candidates, there are a lot of them, I have not seen their programs. I would not want to be barefaced. I'll tell you in general. I hope that fresh faces will come to politics. They can try themselves in the presidential elections, then they will go to the parliamentary ones. We need youth. I remember myself that way. I don't feel like an old man, ”he said.

About your life in Russia

Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsimbaliuk asked how Yanukovych was feeling: “What are you doing? Everything that you said about the war, Crimea, Donbass, this is what Putin says. Based on this, the question is - are you a prisoner here? On what basis are you here? "

“I calmly move around the territory of Russia, I am not in the Interpol bases. I can travel to any country, ”Yanukovych replied.

About unanswered letters to Europe

Yanukovych complained that he was “thrown like a sucker”: “I want to be publicly answered. Why am I constantly addressing, during press conferences, in letters. How they (the leaders of European countries) on the 21st signed a peace agreement with me and on the 21st armed thugs seized the Presidential Administration and state institutions. And the next day, the democracies approved. What do they want from yellow vests now? Ukraine was a pioneer. They encouraged lawlessness, disorder. I'm not saying apologize. Write "thanks for the letters." I am writing to nowhere, this is the attitude. "

About nationalists in Ukraine

“Legalized terrorism in relation to its citizens is what is happening in Ukraine. This is the ideology of the current government. It is a pity that today pogromists, anti-Semites, and radicals of all stripes are presented as heroes. This is what young people are looking at. Takes an example. This is very dangerous, ”he said.

On the suffering of people in the occupied territories

“Why not be kind to people. They dream of returning to their native land. It is impossible to talk with them for a long time, tears welling up in my eyes. I have heard a lot, but now it becomes clear that we were expelled from our native land. But why? ”He said.

The quick president also called for resuming the work of polling stations in Russia and the annexed Crimea.

“Poroshenko and this gop-company can raise the question - is the Crimea Ukrainian? How many Ukrainians live in Crimea, give them the opportunity to vote. What's the answer? Why not open land plots in Rostov full of Ukrainians? Sometimes I go out for a walk through the streets, and it’s like I’m walking through Donetsk. Wherever you look, there are Ukrainians, ”he said.

About readiness to solve with Putin a question on an exchange of prisoners

“People who have been captured are the most terrible thing in a person's life when you do not belong to yourself. I am ready to take the initiative and exchange everyone for everyone. Do it once. Do not divide by more or less. Once such a situation has arisen, we will get out of it for a long time, but we need to somehow solve it. I am ready, if necessary, if there is such an initiative, I am ready to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and make such a proposal, ”Yanukovych said.

How to end the war in the Donbas

“It all depends on the state of mind and purpose. Poroshenko's state of mind has no desire to end the war. Purpose - war helps him to stay in power. We need to sit down at the negotiating table with the citizens of Ukraine who live in Donbass, as I did five years ago and spoke with the opposition. They criticize me for this. I was told that I had to put on gloves and boots and break their spines, ”Yanukovych said.

About Tomos of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

“It was categorically unacceptable for the state, politicians, and the president to interfere in matters of religion. The church has always been separated from the state. Throughout the history of independent Ukraine, none of the presidents allowed to interfere in the affairs of the church. Of course, everything that happened in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was aimed not at reducing tension, not at looking for a unification of the state, but at division, enmity, and hatred. Those people who took upon themselves this responsibility, they took upon themselves a great sin. You shouldn't have done that, ”he said.

On the events of 2014 of the year and the revolution of dignity

“The revolution of dignity in quotation marks - the Maidan brought disappointed expectations, instability, chaos began to develop, uncertainty settled in people's souls. I don’t want to think about the new Maidans. I don't want to screw up. I do not allow this in my thoughts either. I would like the truth to be heard. Until then, we only listened to lies. But nothing can be built on lies. You need to build a good house, so that the foundation is based on truth and love, the laws of God, you need to understand what God's grace is. It should be based on goodwill and creativity, ”he added.

About sports injury after falling on the bench

“I definitely got hope that I can still do my favorite sport. And maybe a month, maybe two - and I'll be on the court again. It all happened very simply. We came to the court, there was no one there yet. In the early morning it was pouring rain, and the window was open in the hall, and water flew onto the court. During training, I slipped and fell very seriously - there were wooden benches, ”the former president of Ukraine shared.

Recall Obolonsky district court in Kiev 24 January in absentia recognized the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych guilty of treason and complicity in an aggressive war. Him sentenced to 13 years in prison.

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