Putin shows no respect for Yanukovych, U.S. cable says

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March 11, 2011, 1:42 a.m. | Ukraine — by Peter Byrne

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) rides on a Harley Davidson motorcycle decorated with the Russian and Ukrainian national flags as he arrives for a meeting with motorbikers at their camp at Gasfort Lake near Sevastopol on Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula on July 24, 2010. The poster behind Putin of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanykovych, who, according to U.S. Embassy documents leaked by Wikileaks, the Russian leader does not respect, reads “Yanukovych is our hope.”

Online whistleblower WikiLeaks released another U.S. diplomatic cable that shows what little respect Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has for Ukraine and its leaders.
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