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You're reading: Yanukovych reportedly declares he is Ukraine’s president and plans press conference in Russia on Feb. 28
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The announcement added to a wild day in which Ukraine’s overthrown leader sent a message to Ukraine in which he declares himself the legitimately elected president of the nation, despite being impeached on Feb. 22 by parliament after he fled his duties ahead of an arrest warrant that charges him with the mass murders of EuroMaidan protesters. 

Aside from the murder charges involving the deaths of nearly 100 protests, Arseniy Yatseniuk — confirmed in parliament as Ukraine’s new prime minister — accused Yanukovych of stealing as much as $70 billion from Ukraine in the last three years. 

“I, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, am addressing the people of Ukraine. I still believe myself to be the legitimate head of the Ukrainian state elected in a free vote by Ukrainian citizens,” said the writes address obtained by Interfax and other news agencies on Feb. 27.

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