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Ukraine Puts Fugitive President on International Wanted List

Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed Ukrainian president

Source : RIA Novosti / 27 Feb 2014

Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed Ukrainian president, has been put on the international wanted list, Ukraine’s acting prosecutor general said Wednesday.

Yanukovych's current whereabouts are unknown after he fled from his luxurious estate outside the capital Kiev last week amid deadly clashes between police and anti-government protestors that claimed nearly 100 lives. Prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for him this week on charges of mass murder of protesters in Kiev.

“Viktor Yanukovych has been put on international wanted list. A separate investigative group is tasked with his search,” Ukrainska Pravda quoted prosecutor-general Oleh Mahnitskiy as saying.

Mahnitskiy’s deputy, Mykola Holomsha, said Yanukovych and former Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko have so far been unable to flee the country, amid intense media speculation about the ousted president's location.

“We have information suggesting that they are still in Ukraine,” the Unian news agency quoted Holomsha as saying.


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