Kremlin denies existence of Yanukovych’s “invasion letter”

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin display's Viktor Yanukovych's letter requesting Russia's military help at a meeting of the UN Security Council, March 3, 2014. 


Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

Why is the Prosecutor General of Russia denying the fact that Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych had sent a letter requesting the dispatch of Russian troops to Ukraine? After all, in the first days following the beginning of the aggression, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s UN ambassador at the time, spoke about this letter at the UN Security Council. In fact, he gave a copy of this letter to the UN Secretariat. The Prosecutor General of Ukraine succeeded in obtaining this copy. But this was not as the result of some special operation; the “Churkin” document was forwarded to him by the UN.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also has claimed that he responded to the request of the “legitimate president of Ukraine.” Although he did not display the letter, he expressed no doubt about the existence of the document. Why is the Prosecutor General of Russia now denying that this letter exists? Why is Yanukovych himself refusing to admit that he signed it?

This is because at the time when the letter was displayed at the UN and when it was being discussed on TV channels, it was strictly a question of propaganda. It was an attempt to convince Russian viewers and the international community that there had been no invasion of Ukrainian territory by Russian troops. That Vladimir Putin had responded to the request by the legitimate leader of the neighboring country. And that Russia was helping this leader — and the Ukrainian people, of course — to restore order.

Russia’s legal responsibility

But now comes the time for legal responsibility. It turns out that Yanukovych had no independent authority to appeal to the leadership of a foreign country for military aid, and there were no legal grounds for sending troops to Ukraine. In any case, the letter of the former president does not provide the grounds. But it is the obvious grounds for bringing Yanukovych himself to justice.

And this is when another tactic appears : that there was no letter at all. That the letter displayed by Churkin did not exist. That the letter discussed by Putin and Yanukovych did not exist. That no one has a clue about any letter.

This proves again that the Kremlin understands perfectly that international law is not propaganda. It is possible to say anything at all on TV, but when it comes to justice, Moscow’s  entire defense crumbles like a house of cards. And the issue is not even the future court decisions. The issue is that the Russian leadership relies exclusively on political expediency in its decisions while wanting to appear blameless from the legal point of view. But that is not the way things happen.

Yanukovych is lucky to be alive

As for Yanukovych, he is simply lucky. Lucky that after his appeal to Putin requesting military aid he was given the chance to live comfortably on the funds stolen from Ukrainian citizens and to speak out either to confirm or to deny this fact.

The head of Afghanistan Hafizullah Amin was much less fortunate. After he signed the documents the Kremlin needed to send Soviet troops to Afghanistan, he was killed during a special operation, along with his family and allies. No one has ever seen the document that Moscow used as an excuse to deploy the “limited contingent” of Soviet troops to Afghanistan.


Compared to the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev, the Russian President Vladimir Putin is a very great humanitarian.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych

Source: Radio Svoboda

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  1. Avatar Mykola Banderachuk says:

    if they deny, that simply means it is true

  2. Avatar Dirk Smith says:

    Holodomor, Katyn, Moscow bombings, MH17, invasion of Ukraine, murder of Litvinenko-Nemtsov-Estemirova-Sobchak-Tsepov-Motorola-Politkovskaya-Klevnikov-Churkin-Sheremet, etc, etc. The cancer of humanity.

  3. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    A Kremlin denial is worth as much as a $3 bill.

    1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

      If you have one and don’t care about it, can I have it? 😉 The note is so rare and old (last printed in 1862 by the Jackson, Miss., Treasurer´s Office) that it would likely pull about ten grand in today’s dollars at an auction. But at any rate, it’s worth a whole lot more than any piece of verbal garbage from the Kremlin.

      1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

        It’s also worth a heck of a lot more than ANY contract, agreement or treaty signed by Pedo Vladito Putolini!

  4. Avatar Alex George says:

    The comparison with the excuse used by the Soviet Union to intervene in Afghanistan is uncanny.

    Yanukovych will no doubt have an accident as soon as his usefulness to the Kremlin comes to an end

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      Proffessor Viktor’s usefulness to the Kremlin ended the moment he was kicked out of office in 2014. He has no chance of becoming president of the so-called LNR and DNR, never mind pres of the Ukraine again.
      He’s too thick to realise that he’s a marked man and likely to be bumped off just as Bednov, Pavlov, Mosgovoy and all the other LNR/DNR thugs were. If he did, he’d surrender to Kyiv- years behind bars are infinitely better than eternity in a grave, I would think.

  5. Avatar Murf says:

    The Kremlin leadership are so orally bankrupt that they no longer even believe in the truth or the lies.
    There is only the story of the moment.

    1. Avatar Andrew Chmil says:

      TRADITION!!! 🙂

  6. Avatar veth says:

    So, this letter exist………….

    1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

      Even if it never existed in the first place or has been destroyed since (unlikely, as the Kremlin always keeps its kompromat on anyone intact), it has been committed to electronic memory by the cameras taping Churkin as he displayed it. They can’t even claim that he had conjured it up on his own volition (and can’t confirm or deny it since he is dead), as the dwarf himself, not to mention Yanuk, has confirmed it. The Russians themselves have an adage, “cлово- не птица, вылетит – не поймаешь“, i.e. “a word isn’t a bird, if it escapes, you can’t catch it”.

  7. Avatar veth says:

    Even Yanu admitted this letter………..