Yanukovych says Liovochkin may have been involved in dispersal of Maidan protesters
Ukraine's disgraced ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has said that Serhiy Liovochkin, who was head of his administration during the protests on Maidan, could have been involved in the dispersal of the Euromaidan in the early hours of November 30, 2013.
"Yes, he could have been involved in it. It's possible. But I personally did not have any evidence of that. And the investigators failed to find it," Yanukovych said during the questioning via a televised linkup from Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on Monday.
"Because if it was the case, let the authorities prove it now. If they don't prove it, let it be on his [Liovochkin's] conscience. If he is innocent, then those who said those things about him should apologize. It should also be decided by court," Yanukovych said.
"At the same time, Yanukovych called the Euromaidan events "organized and planned provocations by those who wanted a change of the administration."
On November 23, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Liovochkin is responsible for the dispersal of protesters on the Maidan. Liovochkin, for his part, said the unjustified cruelty of the police against students on the Maidan on November 30, 2013 was the reason why he left the post of presidential administration head.