If President Yanukovych has really flown to Kharkiv, then he is getting ready to give the country over to Moscow, says journalist Vitaliy Portnikov on his FB page.
“If Yanukovych really left for Kharkiv, it means that he has committed himself to giving the country over to Moscow and the pro-Russian forces which created the so-called Ukrainian front. The scenario of the president’s move to Kharkiv in the case of Maidan’s success had been discussed as early as November, but it was first floated by Moscow in 2004,” he writes.
He says [former president] Kuchma received a similar offer.
“Yanukovych’s problem is that Kharkiv does not represent the parliamentary majority which can support him, and if the parliament is smart, Yanukovych can quickly turn from a legitimate president to a leader of separatists,” said Portnikov.
Yanukovych has left the country, most likely for Sochi. After that, according to media reports, he plans to go to Kharkiv. Tomorrow, the Party of Regions MPs from eastern and southern regions will hold a convention there.
Translated by Mariana Budjeryn
Edited by Robin Rohrback