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11:31, — Europa

Arrest warrant for Yanukovych

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ukraine's ex-president.

The news was spread by Arsen Avakov, the Ukrainian interior minister.

I report to the people of Ukraine that Yanukovych has disappeared.

Chief of the Security Council of Ukraine Valentyn Nalyvaichenko and I have been trying to solve the situation in Sevastopol at night and have been looking for the ex-head of state.

Yanukovych, accompanied by Klyuev, left Kyiv for Kharkiv aboard a helicopter on Friday, February 21, to take part in the congress of lawmakers from the Party of Regions.

On February 22, Saturday, Yanukovych refused to participate in the congress after having spent the night in the state residence in Kharkiv, recorded a video address and flew to an airport in Donetsk by helicopter.

At the airport in Donetsk, he and his security guards boarded two Falcon private jets and tried to leave, but the border service stopped him.

Yanukovych arrived at the state residence in Donetsk where he remained for a few hours.

Yanukovych left for Crimea by cars without the road police on the night of February 22.

He arrived in Crimea on February 23 (Saturday) and stayed in a private spa ignoring the state facilities, including the special presidential residence, where he was expected to arrive at.

Having learnt that the parliament appointed Turchinov as interim president of Ukraine and that newly appointed interior minister and the Security Council chief had left for Crimea, Yanukovych hurried to leave the private spa and headed to Belbek airport, where Nalyvaichenko and I were waiting for him.

At 23:50, Yanukovych turned of the road to Belbek airport and arrived at a private residence in Balaclava district. He gathered his security guards and asked who would 'accompany him' and who would 'stay here'. Some security officers chose to 'stay here'. Yanukovych said them good bye and relinquished his official security detail.

The security guards, who chose to stay, took the state-registered weapons to hand them over to an office of the State Security Administration in Crimea.

Yanukovych, the remaining security guards and Klyuev left in three cars for an unknown destination, turning off all communication systems.

As of this morning, a criminal case has been opened for the mass murder of peaceful citizens. Yanukovych and a number of officials have been declared wanted, he said.

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