Viktor Yanukovych reappears, claims he is still Ukraine’s president

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Kiev/Crimea: The Russian-speaking peninsula of Crimea has become the flashpoint between ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and new government at Kiev. Crimea is Russian speaking region where residents are supporting Russia and Yanukovyych.

Viktor Yanukovych spoke to press from the city of Rostov-on-Don, about 700 miles south of Moscow and claimed that he is still the president and the new government does not represent 45 million citizens of Ukraine.  He said, “I intend to continue the fight for the future of Ukraine against those who, with fear and with terror, are attempting to replace the power,” he said, speaking Russian, not Ukrainian. “Nobody has overturned me. I was compelled to leave Ukraine due to a direct threat to my life and my nearest and dearest.”

Meanwhile, the new government at Kiev has accused Russia of propping an “armed invasion” of Crimea.  Interim president Oleksandr Turchynov also told agitated lawmakers that he was convening the country’s security and defence chiefs for an emergency meeting over the unfolding crisis. Ukraine has also appealed to the west to guarantee its territorial integrity after pro-Moscow gunmen took control of the Crimea’s port. Most western countries have recognized the transition of power in Kiev and are monitoring the situation in Keiv and Crimea.