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Russia: Ex-Ukraine PM Azarov slams 'puppets' in Ukrainian govt at Maidan book launch02:43

Russia: Ex-Ukraine PM Azarov slams 'puppets' in Ukrainian govt at Maidan book launch

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 7, 2017 at 17:16 GMT -00:00 · Published

have been left with only one right, to topple monuments, rename streets and other ventures, that's what's left for them, but only with permission."

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov stated that, "having brought puppets to power, Ukraine has lost its subjectivity, has lost its right to run its internal and foreign policy," in Moscow, on Tuesday, at the presentation of his new book titled 'Lessons of Maidan. Ukraine after the coup.'

Speaking about the Maidan protests Azarov said that he warned then-Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych about the possible consequences of the initial troubles in December 2013, saying he had told him they should act immediately. However, according to Azarov, Yanukovych, "didn't see the danger when the Trades Unions building was occupied with some 100 or 150 militants, who...were hiding arms and explosives," since "the heads of all the power structures kept on telling him: "Viktor Fyodorovich, one order and we will destroy it all."

The former prime minister claimed to have foreseen the fall of the government and the danger posed by "real and trained militants in the centre of Kiev." He stated that his only mistake was that he "did not give Yanukovych an ultimatum, either you isolate them from society … or I have to leave." However, he stated that because he remained until January 28, he was also partly "responsible for all that demagoguery."

Russia: Ex-Ukraine PM Azarov slams 'puppets' in Ukrainian govt at Maidan book launch02:43
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have been left with only one right, to topple monuments, rename streets and other ventures, that's what's left for them, but only with permission."

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov stated that, "having brought puppets to power, Ukraine has lost its subjectivity, has lost its right to run its internal and foreign policy," in Moscow, on Tuesday, at the presentation of his new book titled 'Lessons of Maidan. Ukraine after the coup.'

Speaking about the Maidan protests Azarov said that he warned then-Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych about the possible consequences of the initial troubles in December 2013, saying he had told him they should act immediately. However, according to Azarov, Yanukovych, "didn't see the danger when the Trades Unions building was occupied with some 100 or 150 militants, who...were hiding arms and explosives," since "the heads of all the power structures kept on telling him: "Viktor Fyodorovich, one order and we will destroy it all."

The former prime minister claimed to have foreseen the fall of the government and the danger posed by "real and trained militants in the centre of Kiev." He stated that his only mistake was that he "did not give Yanukovych an ultimatum, either you isolate them from society … or I have to leave." However, he stated that because he remained until January 28, he was also partly "responsible for all that demagoguery."

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