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Yanukovich departs Kiev by helicopter as parliament forms new government

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 01:51

Feb. 23 - CCTV footage reportedly shows toppled Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich leaving Kiev by helicopter, as parliament works to form a new government. Mana Rabiee reports.

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This was the scene in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday, when protesters were told, in error, that their beleaguered President, Viktor Yanukovich, had resigned. He hadn't stepped down. He was impeached by parliament following a week of bloody clashes; effectively toppled from power and in hiding. Then on Sunday, this grainy video appeared. It was released by a Ukrainian TV channel which says it shows Yanukovich leaving his suburban home near Kiev by helicopter just hours before his ouster. A man, a woman, a dog, and their luggage, all board the helicopter and fly off. To where, exactly, it's still not clear. What is clear, parliament is exercising its power in his absence to form a new government. Early elections are scheduled for May. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko confirmed on Sunday he'll run for president. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "For me it's a question of reform for my country because... (OFF CAMERA QUESTION: DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS PRESIDENT?) If people decide it, I take responsibility." (OFF CAMERA QUESTION: THAT'S A YES, THEN?) On Independence Square, the epicenter of the conflict in Ukraine, some tents were already dismantled Sunday. But many protesters remained behind the barricades. They won't give up the square, they say, until there's a new president. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) MAIDAN PROTESTER, TATYANA, SAYING: "We should not destroy the barricades until we replace all authorities, we shouldn't bring down the barricades under any circumstances, the beast is wounded but we don't know what this wounded beast will be doing." Crowds also remain on the streets in other towns and cities. That places pressure on parliament to demonstrate it's authority. And to calm fears of a leadership split with the pro-Russian eastern part of the country, where the fallen president has his political base.

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Yanukovich departs Kiev by helicopter as parliament forms new government

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 01:51