Yanukovych put on wanted persons list

Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakov said Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych has been put on the wanted persons list.

Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakov said Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych has been put on the wanted persons list.

"As of this morning, a criminal case has been opened based on the killing of many civilians. Yanukovych and some other officials have been put on the wanted persons list," he said on Facebook on Monday.

Avakov said that Yanukovych and Andriy Klyuyev, the head of the presidential administration, left Balaklava, Crimea "in an unknown direction in three cars, turning off all communication devices."

Avakov said Yanukovych and Klyuyev arrived in Kharkiv from Kiev by helicopter on February 21, intending to attend the Party of Regions congress in Kharkiv. On February 22, Yanukovych took a helicopter to the Donetsk airport.

"Upon arrival at the Donetsk airport, he and his security guards got into two private planes and tried to leave. The border guard service did not let them leave. After that, Yanukovych left for his residence in Donetsk, where he spent several hours. In the late evening of February 22, Yanukovych's motorcade left for Crimea. The motorcade was not accompanied by the traffic police," Avakov said.

On February 23, Yanukovych arrived in Crimea. "He stayed at a private sanatorium, deliberately ignoring special state facilities, including the presidential dacha, where he planned to come earlier. After learning about the parliament's decisions to appoint Turchinov acting president of Ukraine and the departure of the newly appointed interior minister and head of the Ukrainian Security Service to Crimea, Yanukovych quickly left the private sanatorium and headed to the Belbek airport, were [Ukrainian Security Service curator] Nalivaichenko and I were waiting," Avakov said.

"At 11:50 p.m., Yanukovych stopped at a private residence in the Balaklava area, without reaching the Belbek airport. He gathered his security guards and asked them who will follow him further and who will stay there. Some security guards said they wanted to "stay there." Yanukovych said good-bye to them and said he was officially refusing state protection. The officials from the State Protection Service who did not follow him took all state weapons in order to bring them to the Crimean department of the State Protection Service," Avakov said, adding that Yanukovych then left in an unknown direction.

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