Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Russia in 2014 and has been in exile ever since, could be declared the next president of Ukraine. According to the Kyiv Independent, Kremlin is preparing Yanukovych to replace the current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych was the fourth president of Ukraine in 2010. After a series of violent clashes between the maiden protesters, riot police, which took place in 2014, his government was overthrown.
Maiden revolution took place in Ukraine in February 2014 at the end of the Euromaidan protests, when a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police culminated in the ousting of Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a political association and the free trade agreement with the European Union.
After this, Yanukovych fled to Russia and has since been under Kremlin’s protection. On the day he fled, the Ukrainian Parliament had voted to remove him from office. Yanukovych claimed that the voting Parliament was ‘illegal and possibly coerced’.
He urged the Russian Federation to intervene. Russia saw Yanukovych’s ouster as illegal and failed to recognize the interim government. It is being speculated that he is the most suitable candidate for Russia to nominate because of his closeness to the Kremlin.
Published By – Vanshu Mehra
Edited By – Subbuthai Padma