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The second attempt to try Yanukovych succeeded. The main outcome of the interview
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The trial in the case of five former members of Berkut Special Forces was held in Kyiv Svyatoshinsky Court today, November 28, starting from 13:00 pm Kyiv time, during which ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych had been interviewed as a witness via video link from the Rostov Regional Court of the Russian Federation. Ukrainian law enforcers organized presence of the suspects, whisc had been blocked in the detention center last time.

Start of the process

Ukraine's Prosecutor General grabbed an opportunity to address the fugitive ex-President, and declared Victor Yanukovych a suspect in treason. According to Lutsenko, it was not possible to do it otherwise, because Yanukovych is abroad and does not appear to prosecutors' summons. 

The suspicion note was handed to the former president's lawyers who are present in Kyiv court today, the papers have also been sent to "all known addresses" of Yanukovych in Russia.

Victor Yanukovych, the twice-convicted felon, said he had no criminal record and refused to name his residential address in Russia's Rostov region.

Yanukovych read out an excerpt from research published in San Francisco. This document allegedly proves that all the events on the Independence Square were staged. 

The fugitive ex-president talks about the role of far-right and nationalist forces, argues Right Sector and Maidan self-defence forces had firearms, including sniper rifles.

EU-Ukraine Association

Yanukovych said EU-Ukraine Association violated his country's national and economic interests. 

The Association deal was not rejected, but suspended, according to him.

The ex-president blames provocations, provocateurs and biased media reporting for bloodshed in Kyiv. 

The former president mentioned talks with opposition, meeting with students, argued he had insisted on peaceful settlement all the way through the events in Kyiv. 

Suspension of the Ukraine-EU association agreement was right decision, no referendum was needed - Yanukovych

Yanukovych says he never refused the EU association agreement and accepted early presidential elections to end bloodshed in Ukraine

Maidan`s suspects

Yanukovych named the head of his presidential administration, Serhiy Lyovochkin, who could be behind the violent dispersal of student protesters on November 30, 2013 but he had no evidence of this.

Official Kyiv authorities blamed  ex-Presiden for today's ‘civil war' in Ukraine, claiming the ousted president echoing the official version of the Kremlin. 

Yanukovych says he did not order any forceful crackdown. 

Yanukovych sticks firms to his line: he knows nothing, investigation should have found out who killed Maidan protesters but nothing has been done for the last 3 years. Yanukovych says he was doing "nothing special" on February 20, 2014 when dozens of people were slaughtered in central Kyiv. 

Yanukovych`s contacts

Prosecutor reported about at least two overnight conversations with Russia's Putin. Yanukovych again said he did not remember, advised to search this information on the presidential web-site. 

Yanukovych denies having any contacts with Kremlin's aide Vladislav Surkov, known as a mastermind of Russia's strategy in Ukraine. 

Yanukovych confirmed he met Akhmetov on February 22, 2014 in Donetsk to discuss "events in Ukraine"

Yanukovych claims he fled Ukraine on February 24 via Crimea after visiting Ukraine top businessman Rinat Akhmetov's mansion in Donetsk

Yanukovych refuses to answer question on what he was accounted for while calling on Russia to sent troops in Ukraine

The prosecutor asks Yanukovych whose Russian telephone number was the one he called on February 2014

Yanukovych received calls and SMS messages from Russia and Crimea, but he says he cannot remember who was calling him

Yanukovych admits he had a conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin on February 20, 2014, two days before his fleeing Ukraine

Maidan`s clashes and crimes

Yanukovych says he does not remember most of the events of February 20, 2014, the day of the fiercest clashes in central Kyiv. 

Yanukovych was being informed on casualties on January 24, 27, 30, 2014 and February 18, 19, 20, 2014 via phone.

Yanukovych claims Maidan protesters were being fired from locations under the opposition's control. 

Yanukovych cannot remember the names of persons who were ordered to stop bloodshed on Maidan

Yanukovych says demands of Maidan protests was expressed in agreement with opposition, and it was not fulfilled

Yanukovych explained his unwillingness to meet with the Maidan popular protesters

Yanukovych says on February 21, his cortege was being fired upon, but nobody was killed

The leader of Maidan bear responsibility for mass bloodbath in Kyiv in 2014 - Yanukovych

Yanukovych says he had never given any orders on Maidan crackdown or arming the riot police

"I was being informed on every casualty among both protesters and law enforcers": Yanukovych

Yanukovych says the police had tried to get to the snipers that were firing upon crowds in Maidan

Yanukovych says the mass killings committed by the Berkut riot police on February 20 in the Institutska street was a 'total surprise' for him

Svoboda, The Right Sector and an unnamed 'other oligarchical party' are mentioned by Yanukovych as the most radical powers of Maidan

Yanukovych says negotiations with the opposition never seemed to lead to mass violence

Yanukovych admits he might have been misled on Maidan events by his aides

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