Time: 1.06 p.m. CEST
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on the news conference on Tuesday that he considers “acting authorities in Ukraine as illegitimate, ” although, the decision for military intervention remains as a last option.
According to the Russian President, ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych give up of the power by himself and evaluate the events in Ukraine “as a coup” with the aim to seize the power. Putin considers Yanukovych is a legitimate president of Ukraine, despite the fact Kiev choose interim government to prepare the country for the presidential elections scheduled for May 25, 2014.
Under the Agreement of February, 21, 2014 signed by Yanukovych and members of the opposition, Ukraine needs to elect a new president. Putin stated he considered the Ukrainian Parliament as partly legitimate, although that is not the case for all other authorities.
Russia threatened with use of military in Ukraine in order to protect those who live in Ukraine and are ethnic Russians, as well the personnel of the Black Sea Fleet stationed in Sevastopol, Ukraine based on leased agreement.
“If mayhem breaks out in eastern Ukraine and people ask for help, Russia reserves the right to react, but this is a last resort,” Putin said at a press conference. “It’s a humanitarian mission. We don’t aspire to enslave anyone, ” reports RIA Novosti on English from the news conference of Putin in Moscow.
In the news conference, Putin stressed when he talked with Yanukovych, both discussed Yanukovych has not given any order for use of force in Ukraine to officers in Ukraine. According to Russian President, Ukrainian citizens suffered equally through the history, and that all post-Soviet territories affected of weak economies.
Online edition of French newspaper LeMonde writes Putin denied presence of Russian forces in region of Crimea, explaining those are local selfdefense forces, that block Ukraine bases, and not Russian soldiers.