Flight of Ukraine’s ousted president detailed

A portrait of Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, was used for a game of darts Monday in Kiev.
Marko Drobnjakovic/Associated Press
A portrait of Ukraine’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, was used for a game of darts Monday in Kiev.

KIEV — Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine’s capital with his allies deserting him and his once-firm presidential power disintegrating, has been moving around the eastern sections of the country by car and aircraft, authorities said Monday

The deposed president is hiding in parts of the country where he is most likely to find friends, according to the acting head of the police.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Yanukovich and several other officials for the ‘‘mass killing of civilians,’’ stemming from the deaths of protesters in Kiev.


While Yanukovych’s exact whereabouts remained unknown Monday, acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakhov posted on his official Facebook page a rundown of where he has been sighted since leaving Kiev on Friday.

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His departure came hours after signing an agreement on resolving Ukraine’s political crisis that reduced his powers and was seen by many as a tacit admission of defeat.

Here’s a look at Yanukovych’s movements since Friday, based on his one TV appearance and the account by Avakhov:

 A TV interview in Karkiv: Yanukovych surfaced Saturday in the city of Karkiv, about 250 miles east of Kiev, in the heartland of his base of support. In a videotaped interview, he bitterly likened opposition protesters to Nazis and declared he was still president and would not leave the country. That was his last public appearance.

 Foiled at the airport in Donetsk: From Karkiv, Yanukovych, his chief of staff Andrit Klyuyev and his security guards flew Saturday by helicopter to the airport in Donetsk, his hometown, 140 miles to the south.


There, he and his contingent transferred to two Falcon business jets and tried to fly off, but were prevented from leaving by border guards. Avakhov did not explain the basis for guards blocking the planes’ departure. Yanukovych spent a few hours in a state residence and then left about 10 p.m. in a convoy of automobiles, Avakhov said.

 A sanatorium in the Crimean Peninsula: After a long night of driving, the cortege on Sunday reached the Crimean peninsula, which dangles into the Black Sea some 200 miles southwest of Donetsk.

Instead of using a state residence in the area, the motorcade stopped at a private sanatorium, one of many that dot the popular resort area. There, Yanukoych learned that the Parliament, which he once controlled with a firm majority, had granted presidential powers to the new speaker.

 To a military airport in Svastopol: The group hastily left for the military airport in the city of Sevastopol, but learned that Avakhov and the new head of the national security service were there, according to the police account. They turned back.

 A private residence in Balaclava: Yanukovych and his entourage then went to a private residence in the town of Balaclava, arriving just before midnight. There, Yanukovych asked which of his security contingent wanted to stay with him.


Finding that only a few were still loyal, he scrawled a note relinquishing his guards.

Avakhov then wrote that Yanukovych, Klyuyev, and the remaining loyal guards then got into three cars and ‘‘left in an unknown direction.’’