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Yanukovich says he is "the only legitimate president of Ukraine"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 01:06

March 11 - Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovich says he remains the country's commander-in-chief, speaking in his second public address in Russia since leaving Ukraine. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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It is no swan song for ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. Still in exile in Russia, he is not backing down. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) OUSTED UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVICH SAYING: "I would like to remind that I remain not only the only legitimate president of Ukraine, but also the commander-in-chief. I did not step down prematurely. I am alive, and I was not dismissed from the office in accordance with Ukraine's constitution." He blames his foes for the fact that Crimea was "breaking off" from Ukraine. Pro-Russian forces that have taken over the Crimean government plan to hold a referendum on Sunday. They will decide whether the region should rejoin Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) OUSTED UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVICH SAYING: "Ukraine is going through tough times now. Your actions led to Crimea breaking away, so that even under the gun, south-eastern peoples demand to respect them, and their rights." He is vowing to return to Kiev "as soon as circumstances allow."

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Yanukovich says he is "the only legitimate president of Ukraine"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 01:06

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