Ukraine ousted president reported to be in Russia

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Ukraine’s deposed president Viktor Yanukovych, who has not been seen publicly in almost a week, has reportedly been given protection by Moscow, according to a Russian official quoted by several Russian news agencies.

The fugitive leader apparently asked for help from the Kremlin and was said to have been staying at Moscow’s Barvikha sanatorium, which is run by the presidential administration’s property department.

Yanukovich is now wanted in Ukraine on charges of mass murder over the police shooting of demonstrators.

The ousted leader is expected to hold a news conference later on Friday in the southern Russian city of Rostov. Euronews plans to broadcast the event live at 14.00 CET on February 28.

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Ukraine crisis – how it unfolded

24: Thousands protest in Kyiv over government move to shelve EU association agreement.

17: Ukraine secures a 11bn euro bailout from Russia.

19: Up to 200,000 gather in Kyiv to show opposition to newly-enacted anti-protest laws. Clashes between police and protesters.
20: Clashes continue into second day.
22: Kyiv Post reports five killed and 300 injured as clashes intensify.
23: Truce announced which paves the way for arrested protestors to be released.
28: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigns. Nine of 11 anti-protests laws repealed after vote in parliament. Stand-off continues between police and protesters in Kyiv.

18: 20,000 protestors march to parliament with MPs set to debate a possible new constitution. At least 17 people, including seven policeman, are killed as fresh clashes erupt.
19: Truce agreed.
20: Truce breaks down, fresh clashes see 48-hour death toll rise to at least 77.
21: Peace deal signed, with talk of early elections. Violence spreads to western Ukraine.
22: Protesters freely take control of presidential buildings amid reports Yanukovych has fled. Parliament votes to remove him with fresh elections set for May. Yanukovych appears on TV and denounces a “coup dêtat”. Opposition leader Tymoshenko released from jail.
23: Tymoshenko ally becomes acting president, saying European integration is a priority
25: Parliament votes for ousted Yanukovych to be tried at International Criminal Court.
26: Interim government moves to disband Ukraine’s riot police force as leaks lift the lid on the high-living of ousted president Yanukovych
27: Reports emerge suggesting Yanukovych is now in Russia as parliament appoints new pro-EU government. It comes amid fears of separatism after pro-Russian gunmen takeover government building in Crimea.