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Yanukovych Orders Kiev To Withdraw Troops From The East
6 years
Proof That Russian Troops Are In Ukraine?
Two Christian Leaders, Two Different Messages

The ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, has made statements today from Rostov-on-Don, the Russian city where he fled to after leaving the Ukrainian capital. Kyiv Post reports:

Yanukovych requested the “immediate removal of all Ukrainian Armed Forces from the east of Ukraine, sent there as a detachment of the so-called ‘national guard,’ dressed in military uniforms and armed with automatic weapons and grenades.” 

He warned the leaders of the post-revolutionary government in Ukraine that they “are one step away from bloodshed." 

"Blood cannot be washed away. Stop!" he said, according to the statement carried by the Russian media.

Note that Yanukovych is spelling out what the Russian government has been inferring -- that the military of Ukraine is illegitimate because it is controlled by the government in Kiev which Yanukovych and Moscow consider illegitimate. Again, Russia and most of the rest of the world are using different definitions. Under this logic, the gunmen in places like Slavyansk and Donetsk are the legitimate representatives of the people of Ukraine and thus do not need to disarm and leave occupied buildings, while the Ukrainian police and military that are following orders from the interim government are really the illegal gunmen who need to be disarmed.