Talking to journalists in Kharkiv upon arrival from Kyiv on Thursday, Kuchma said he, in fact, boarded the plane at the Boryspil Airport and that his flight was delayed because of heavy snowfall in the Kyiv area.
“But why should I have been detained? The one who invented this has something wrong with their head,” he said.
Some Russian and Ukrainian media outlets reported earlier on Thursday that Kuchma had been detained at the Zhuliany Airport. Kuchma’s lawyer Viktor Petrunenko denied these reports.