Ukrainian officials issue arrest warrant for Yanukovich
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 01:19
Feb. 24 - Impeached Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is wanted for mass murder of peaceful protests, the acting interior minister said. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Impeached Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is officially a wanted man.
Acting interior minister Arsen Avakov confirmed via Facebook that Yanukovich is wanted for mass murder of peaceful citizens.
This comes after 82 people were killed last week in clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police.
Inside Parliament, news of his arrest warrant is traveling fast.
Vitaly Klitschko, the boxer-turned-opposition leader, said Yanukovich must be found.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"It's a remarkable situation when the most sought after character in the country is the president of Ukraine, who is hiding and doing everything to leave the country and avoid responsibility. I would like to underline that hundreds of victims are the responsibility of Yanukovich, who gave the order to disperse the protest."
Yanukovich fled Kiev over the weekend after a deal was reached for reforms and early elections.
Parliament then impeached him and appointed an interim president.
Yanukovich has accused the opposition of orchestrating a coup.
His whereabouts remains unknown.
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