18:30 10.12.2013

Yanukovych claims responsibility for events ongoing in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych vows to be impartial in making judgments about the events that have taken place during the ongoing protests in central Kyiv and acknowledged that he is responsible for everything that is happening.

"I always try to be impartial in my judgments. This is really a matter of principle for me," Yanukovych said at a meeting with the former Ukrainian presidents in Kyiv on Tuesday.

He said he has made some conclusions and understands that the incumbent authorities are responsible for the ongoing events.

"All responsibility rests with the incumbent authorities today," he said.

Second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma added to this, "With one person."

Kuchma went on to say that Ukrainian society expects certain messages from the president. "Civil society does expect a signal, primarily from the president," he said.

First Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk condemned the use of force against demonstrators in Kyiv and called for a just investigation into all incidents.

"Security forces should know: it's forbidden to beat," Kravchuk said, to which Yanukovych responded, "Definitely."

"There should be no justification for anyone here, and if such a thing happened, we should investigate this democratically and on an equitable footing," Kravchuk said.

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