Yanukovich calls Crimea annexation a 'tragedy'

Ukraine’s ousted former president said he regrets asking for Putin’s help and hopes for Crimea’s return to Ukraine.

Yanukovich calls Crimea annexation a 'tragedy'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ukraine’s ousted former President Viktor Yanukovich said in an interview Wednesday with the Associated Press and Russian state channel NTV that he was wrong to have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to send troops to Crimea.

Yanukovich said he would lobby the Kremlin to return the strategic Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine, calling Putin’s decision, ‘a tragedy.’

In a referendum held on March 16, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine in favor of union with Russia. Putin finalized the process on March 21 when he signed a bill into law officially annexing Crimea.

The move has been widely condemned by the international community.

Yanukovich was forced from office following months of demonstrations that began after he abruptly refused to sign an EU association agreement amid intense pressure from Moscow.

He was later forced to flee the capital Kiev after dozens were killed in street protests.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Nisan 2014, 11:32