The ousted president speaks to court via video link from Russia
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19:21 Sviatoshyn court announces the current hearing finished
19:14 Rostov court agrees to hold a new interrogation on December 2
The new hearing will be held at 13:00 EET on December 2. The former internal troops commander Stanislav Shuliak will be questioned.
#Yanukovych on his presidency: "I have by far not put off this responsibility. I bear it before the Ukrainian people"— UNIAN.info (@UnianInfo) November 28, 2016
18:57 The Sviatoshyn Court of Kyiv thanks the Rostov court for cooperation.
Rostov judge proposes to continue interrogation until 22.00 Moscow time
18:55 Yanukovych refuses to tell how long has he been recognising himself as Ukraine's president
18:53 Yanukovych admits he had a conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin on February 20, 2014, two days before his fleeing Ukraine
However, he states he does not remember anything from this contact
18:49 Yanukovych says the parliament ousted him in an unconstitutional way
He says Verhovha Rada lacked 10 votes to oust him from power and Ukraine's constitution provided no certain legislative mechanism
18:44 Yanukovych admits he might have been misled on Maidan events by his aides
18:41 Yanukovych tells the tale of a Crimean man who was beaten and tortured by alleged Ukrainian nationalists
He tells that after this the Crimea decided to hold a referendum to secede from Ukraine, not mentioning that Russian troops were already seizing the peninsula in late February 2014.
18:33 Yanukovych says he does not know why he fled to Crimea initially.
Also, he noted that his security service might arranged escape to Crimea and Russia by itself.
18:30 Yanukovych received calls and SMS messages from Russia and Crimea, but he says he cannot remember who was calling him
18:28 Videoconference renewed
18:25 Connection between Rostov and Kyiv was lost
18:24 The prosecutor asks Yanukovych whose Russian telephone number was the one he called on February 2014
18:21 Yanukovych refuses to answer question on what he was accounted for while calling on Russia to sent troops in Ukraine
18:17 Yanukovich avoids question on what he was doing being at Ukraine's highest office during the bloodiest hours of February 2014
He says every law enforcer knew his obligations and acted in accordance with them
18:11 Yanukovych claims he fled Ukraine on February 24 via Crimea after visiting Ukraine top businessman Rinat Akhmetov's mansion in Donetsk
18:09 Yanukovych says he never refused the EU association agreement and accepted early presidential elections to end bloodshed in Ukraine
18:01 Svoboda, The Right Sector and an unnamed 'other oligarchical party' are mentioned by Yanukovych as the most radical powers of Maidan
17:57 Yanukovych says negotiations with the opposition never seemed to lead to mass violence
He demands accusations against Maidan leaders again, says opposition used to say it had been unable to control radicals
17:55 Yanukovych says the mass killings committed by the Berkut riot police on February 20 in the Institutska street was a 'total surprise' for him
17:52 Yanukovych says the police had tried to get to the snipers that were firing upon crowds in Maidan
But those snipers were being guarded by nationalistic radicals, he adds
17:49 Yanukovych avoided the question on reasons the police had never tried to drive protesters out of administrative buildings in Kyiv
17:45 "I was being informed on every casualty among both protesters and law enforcers": Yanukovych
17:42 Yanukovych says he had never given any orders on Maidan crackdown or arming the riot police
#Yanukovych on referendum on Ukr-EU deal: I tried not to put brakes on Eurointegration process but to make it faster, more efficient— UNIAN.info (@UnianInfo) November 28, 2016
17:37 The leader of Maidan bear responsibility for mass bloodbath in Kyiv in 2014 - Yanukovych
Maidan had seized power in an unconstitutional way, Yanukovych stressed
17:35 Yanukovych says demands of Maidan protests was expressed in agreement with opposition, and it was not fulfilled
17:29 Yanukovych explained his unwillingness to meet with the Maidan popular protesters
Ukrainian media used to disfigure his own policies on EU integration and his moves towards Maidan protesters
17:26 Suspension of the Ukraine-EU association agreement was right decision, no referendum was needed - Yanukovych
17:18 Yanukovych says on February 21, his cortege was being fired upon, but nobody was killed
On February 22, presidential bodyguard Petro Ivantsov was supposedly injured
17:16 Yanukovych avoided the question on his alleged order to withdraw troops from Kyiv
Instead of the reply, he started reading aloud his statement made after signing the ceasefire agreement in February 2014.
#Yanukovych questioning: When asked where he was early Feb 20, 2014, Yanukovych stared at his notes for a long time— UNIAN.info (@UnianInfo) November 28, 2016
17:12 Yanukovych cannot remember the names of persons who were ordered to stop bloodshed on Maidan
17:10 Maidan protesters were being fired from locations under the opposition's control - Yanukovych
17:07 Yanukovych says he does not remember most of the events of February 20, 2014, the day of the fiercest clashes in central Kyiv
#Yanukovych didnt have cell phone; his circle did, but he cant recall names of cell ph holders who gave him imp calls during height maidan.— Mark Rachkevych (@chitowntoktown) November 28, 2016
16:59 Yanukovych was being informed on casualties on January 24, 27, 30, 2014 and February 18, 19, 20, 2014 via phone.
16:55 Yanukovych says he does now remember the exact number of casualties of Maidan crackdown
16:52 Yanukovych says he has never contacted with anyone inside Ukraine and abroad on Maidan crackdown.
16:11 Prosecution concludes questioning. Representatives of victims are the next to put questions.
Kyiv court announces 30-minutes break
16:07 Ex-president could not explain how he ended up in Russia, says his life was in danger so he proceeded to Crimea.
BREAKING! #Yanukovich refused to reply how he got to Russian city Yeysk on Feb 23 at 3am. Looks like Russians evacuated him NOT from Crimea!— Lugansk News Today (@LUGANSK_TODAY) November 28, 2016
16:05 Yanukovych confirmed he met Akhmetov on February 22, 2014 in Donetsk to discuss "events in Ukraine"
TT - Yanukovych says that on February 22, 2014, he met with Rinat Akhmetov. https://t.co/lqCFI7AErl— Pierre Vaux (@pierrevaux) November 28, 2016
16:00 Questioning continues, ex-president remembers very little
15:39 Yanukovych denies having any contacts with Kremlin's aide Vladislav Surkov, known as a mastermind of Russia's strategy in Ukraine
Yanukovych: No contacts, no phone conversations with Surkov [Putin's aide on Ukraine] during Maidan.
Prosecutor: Did you know that he came to Ukraine several times?
Yanukovych: I got this information from media
#Yanukovych questioned about Putin aide Vladislav Surkov visiting him in at his mansion. First says he doesn't remember, then denies.— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) November 28, 2016
15:32 Prosecutor: On the 19 Feb night Ukraine's former PM Mykola Azarov met Putin in Russia. Yanukovych does not know anything about the meeting as he was not in close contacts with Azarov at that time.
Prosecutor reports about at least two overnight conversations with Russia's Putin. Yanukovych again says he does not remember, advises to search this information on the presidential web-site.
Prosecutor asks if #Yanukovych called Putin on morning of the 20th February, when protesters were mowed down. Yanukovych suffering amnesia.— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) November 28, 2016
15:20 Yanukovych says he was doing "nothing special" on February 20, 2014 when dozens of people were slaughtered in central Kyiv
15:15 "When people were dying on Maidan I immediately asked who did it, and the heads of law enforcement agencies reported to me. I was told that the fire came from opposition-controlled houses."
15:00 Yanukovych's lawyer reminds that his client is just a witness, protests sensitive questions
14:50 Full text of Yanukovych's suspicion note released
Ukraine prosecutors release full text of indictment against Yanukovych. https://t.co/uiHboTPSNh— Euan MacDonald (@Euan_MacDonald) November 28, 2016
14:40 Yanukovych sticks firms to his line: he knows nothing, investigation should have found out who killed Maidan protesters but nothing has been done for the last 3 years.
14:28 Current Kyiv authorities are to blame for today's ‘civil war' in Ukraine, claims the ousted president echoing the official version of the Kremlin. Yanukovych says he did not order any forceful crackdown.
Yanukovych: "I was against the use of weapons. I could not give orders for the use of weapons." https://t.co/pjCtlaWNj9— Pierre Vaux (@pierrevaux) November 28, 2016
Watch live from Kyiv-Rostov courtrooms: Ukraine's ex-president Victor Yanukovych is being questioned as a witness in the case of Euromaidan killings which occurred in central Kyiv back in 2014.
14:22 Yanukovych says the head of his presidential administration, Serhiy Lyovochkin, could be behind the violent dispersal of student protesters on November 30, 2013 but he had no evidence of this.
#Yanukovych suggests ex-aide Lyovochkin, now senior Opposition Bloc MP, ordered dispersal of protesters, but no evidence in his 3 books...— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) November 28, 2016
14:08 The disgraced former president reflects on talks with opposition, meeting with students, argues he insisted on peaceful settlement all the way through the events in Kyiv. But all his efforts were hindered by "provocations". "I am convinced that people who stood on Maidan were not guilty. Radicals who manipulated them are to blame," Yanukovych stated.
#Yanukovych - everything was a planned provocation. Riot police overstepped their duties but they were provoked, says he.— Olexiy Solohubenko (@OS1954) November 28, 2016
Ha. #Yanukovych complains he was demonised by media he spent years reducing to toothless sycophants. Revolution happened despite the media.— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) November 28, 2016
14:00 Yanukovych says EU-Ukraine Association violated his country's national and economic interests. The Association deal was not rejected, but suspended, according to him. The ex-president blames provocations, provocateurs and biased media reporting for bloodshed in Kyiv.
#Yanukovych says he's peaceful chap, caring about citizens, not his career. Difficult to square with his rather large house. And ostriches.— Maxim Tucker (@MaxRTucker) November 28, 2016
13:50 Yanukovych reads out an excerpt from research published in San Francisco. This document allegedly proves that all the events on the Independence Square were staged. The fugitive ex-president talks about the role of far-right and nationalist forces, argues Right Sector and Maidan self-defence forces had firearms, including sniper rifles.
13:45 Yanukovych says he handed to his lawyers all the chronology of events in Kyiv, from late 2013 through February 2014, comprising 3 bundles.
13:35 Victor Yanukovych, the twice-convicted felon, says he has no criminal record
13:32 Yanukovych takes witness stand, refuses to name his residential address in Russia's Rostov region
13:20 Court announced 15-minutes break
13:17 Ukraine's Prosecutor General grabbed an opportunity to address the fugitive ex-President, and declared Victor Yanukovych a suspect in treason
According to Lutsenko, it was not possible to do it otherwise, because Yanukovych is abroad and does not appear to prosecutors' summons.
The suspicion note was handed to the former president's lawyers who are present in Kyiv court today, the papers have also been sent to "all known addresses" of Yanukovych in Russia.
Relatives of protestors gunned down in Kiev in 2014 demonstrate against fmr Ukraine President Yanukovych's court video appearance pic.twitter.com/d2mjvFuz5H— Tom Burridge (@TomBurridgebbc) November 28, 2016
12:50 Defendants in the case, the five Berkut riot police, are brought up to the courtroom. That is according to Zoryan Shkirayk, an advisor to the Interior Minister.
12:40 Disgraced Ex-President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych has arrived in Russia's Rostov court to testify via video link in Euromaidan killings case. UNIAN correspondent reports tightened security measures around the court building, while journalists' interest has significantly decreased in comparison with his first, November 25, appearance.
On November 28, Ukraine's fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych is expected to appear again in a Ukrainian court via a video conference.
Yanukovych is set to be questioned as a witness in the case of Euromaidan killings which occurred in central Kyiv back in 2014.
The questioning was scheduled to take place on November 25, but it was adjourned several minutes after the start of the hearing, because the defendants were not present in court.
Authorities were not able to transport from jail to court five Berkut riot police officers, accused of carrying out the shootings, as protesters from the Right Sector nationalist group blocked the route. Right Sector pledged more rallies on November 28.
Many in Ukraine are angry that Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine for Russia on Feb. 21, 2014 after more than 100 demonstrators were killed on Maidan square, is appearing as a witness and is not facing trial himself.