Friday, February 21, 2014

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Flees Kiev

At Telegraph UK, "Ukraine crisis: Viktor Yanukovych leaves Kiev for support base":
US official plays down suggestions embattled president has fled the capital.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has flown out of Kiev to visit Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv, considered his eastern political base.

A US official said the embattled president made the trip to attend a meeting. Two key allies, parliamentary speaker Volodomyr Rybak and presidential administration chief Andrei Kluyev, were also reported to be on board the aircraft.

"Our information, and I talked to the foreign minister about half an hour ago, is that President Yanukovych has gone out to Kharkiv... to some kind of a meeting that is taking place out there, and that he has now arrived," the official said.

Asked about rumours that Mr Yanukovych had "fled" Kiev, after signing a deal with the Ukrainian opposition, the official appeared to play down the suggestion.

"As you know, it is not unusual after he makes large political moves for him to visit the east, where his base is," the official said.
Also at LAT, "Deal to end Ukraine unrest appears to show Viktor Yanukovich the exit."

And Hot Air, "Apocalypse soon: Ukrainian president reportedly flees Kiev."