In an interview with BBC, the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said that he supported the integrity of Ukraine, Joinfo.ua reports.
He said he hoped to return home someday. At the same time he believes that the occupied territories of the Donbas will be returned to Ukraine. "If Kyiv wants the Donbas to remain a part of Ukraine – and I support it; I want the Donbas to remain in Ukraine – it is necessary to negotiate, do everything to reach a compromise, to negotiate and begin to implement the Minsk agreements. The merit of Russia is that the Minsk agreements took place," Yanukovych said.
Yanukovych called on the U.S. and EU to make Kyiv start direct talks with the leaders of the militants. "And today Europe, the United States, which directly influences Kyiv, must make Kyiv sit down at the negotiating table with representatives of the Donbas and execute the Minsk agreements," Yanukovych duplicates the Russian rhetoric.
At the same time, he considers the return of Crimea to Ukraine as unrealistic. "And the people, most importantly, the Crimean people, 90% of the Crimean population voted for secession from Ukraine. I believe that this is very bad. But this is a consequence of what the Maidan has made. It's a result of the radical nationalist movement, which frightened the population of Crimea, which traditionally has been pro-Russian," Yanukovych said.
The former president said that now most of the time he spent in Rostov, but had to travel Russia accompanied by guards. "… A danger or threat to my life is still relevant, so all kinds of security measures are taken, and I have to live in such conditions," he said.
It should be recalled that according to an expert, with these words Yanukovych announced Putin's plan prepared for Minsk-3.