The former Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, has said that Ukraine's ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has outlived his political usefulness.
"As we democrats say in these cases: whatever people decide, but I think he has outlived his usefulness," he told the Russian News Service.
"My opinion of him is not unfavorable, but in this situation, the way it went, a great deal has changed," he said.
Earlier the former Ukrainian president, who is currently in Russia, said he had not abandoned his plans to go back to his country and make life easier in Ukraine.
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