Kiev: Amidst reports that Ukraine President Viktor Yan-ukovych has fled the captial Kiev, the embattled political figure announced that he wouldn’t resign and slammed the coup.
In what can only be called a tit for tat reaction, Ukraine’s border police blocked Viktor Yanuk-ovych from flying to Russia. The embattled president is thought to be “hiding” in the country’s east, the newly elected parliament speaker said Saturday.
“He tried to take a plane to Russia but he was blocked in doing so by border police. He is currently hiding somewhere in the Donetsk region,” Oleksandr Turchyno was quoted as saying by Ukrainian news agency Interfax.
After seizing control, Ukraine’s Parliament on Saturday voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president.
The resolution said that Yanukovych “is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.”
Mr Yanukovych has said that the laws passed by the Opposition were “illegal”.