Interpol seeks arrest of ousted Ukraine president

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KIEV: Interpol on Monday put Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych on its global wanted list for alleged embezzlement that drained the ex-Soviet republic’s budget in his four years of pro-Russian rule. The “red notice” alert for the 64-year-old comes nearly a year after a massive pro-European uprising in Kiev led to a deadly confrontation with police that forced him to flee for safety in Russia. It also covers former prime minister Mykola Azarov and two other senior officials who escaped protest-riven Kiev in a government helicopter under the cover of darkness last February.

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  1. Understanding what happened in in the complex Ukraine situation is key to understanding the Russian-Ukraine relation today.

    A New York Times editorial-type online article dated Jan. 3, 2015 attempted to clarify in the face of “Russian propaganda” what actually happened in the ouster of elected Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych in February, 2014.
    Reporters Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew Higgins, who covered together the
    ouster of the Yanukovych government, observed that “questions remain about how and why it collapsed so quickly and completely.” Under headline “Ukraine Leader Was Defeated Even Before He Was Ousted”, Kramer and Higgins wrote that their “investigation”“…shows that the president was not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies, and that Western officials were just as surprised by the meltdown as anyone else.”

    My view is that this Times “investigation” conclusion is disproved by what The Times and The Guardian, as another news source sample, have reported online on the Yanukovych ouster.

    What I see is that Yanukovych was ousted by a right-wing “putsch” directed aided by the United States and the European Union.

    Kramer and Higgins reported on Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 from Kiev thusly in their lead sentence: “Security forces fired on masses of antigovernment demonstrators in Kiev on Thursday in a drastic escalation of the three-month-old crisis that left dozens dead and Ukraine reeling from the most lethal day of violence since Soviet times The shootings followed a quickly shattered truce, with enraged protesters parading dozens of captured police officers through Kiev’s central square.”

    Later in their story we learn that the violence followed this event: “Just after dawn, young men in ski masks opened a breach in the police barricade near the stage on Independence Square, ran across a hundred yards of smoldering debris from what had been called a protective ring of