Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said in a televised press conference that he is still the legitimate leader of the country.
It was his second statement made from the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don where he fled to when he was removed from power by the Ukrainian Parliament.
“I want to remind you that I am not only still the legitimate president of Ukraine but also the supreme commander of the army and I haven’t stopped my duties as president early – I am still alive.”
He took no questions from the press after his speech.
Yanukovych claimed that he was still the legitimate leader of Ukraine and that he fled Ukraine because of a direct threat to his and his family’s lives.
He added he would return to Ukraine soon.
He called the upcoming May 25 presidential election “illegal” and said that any government voted in would also be unconstitutional
He said the US and West should not be backing or funding the new “bandit” government which had carried out an illegal coup d’etat.