Witnesses’ interviews were read out in the Pechersk district court of Kyiv which considers the case of fugitive ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.
According to the Yanukovych’s former security guards, he left Ukraine on Feb.23, 2014. He fled in the company of Lubov Polezhai who was believed to be his mistress, former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and former Interior Minister Vitalii Zakharchenko.
Yanukovych left Kyiv by helicopter. A presidential motorcade drove to Kharkiv to distract attention.
The security guards did not mention any cases of firing at the motorcade which Yanukovych claimed during his interview in Kharkiv on Feb.22.
“At about 3 p.m. we arrived at the Kharkiv airport, where two Agusta helicopters were waiting. Commander Kobzar instructed to get into the helicopters. Yanukovych, Polezhai and others were in one of them. We did not know where we were going. Then I learned that the “Ukraeroruh” manager gave the order to return to Kharkiv airport, referring to the Turchynov’s order [Oleksandr Turchynov was an acting President of Ukraine by that moment]. The pilot said that we did not have enough fuel to return and decided to land in Donetsk,” the witness said.
This is the only incident the witnesses mention.
In Donetsk, Yanukovych and his company came to a large private house, which, according to the guard, belonged to the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. Then Russian special forces evacuated Yanukovych from the Zaporizhia region to Crimea by plane. At that time Yanukovych was accompanied by Polezhai, Zakharchenko, Pshonka, Kobzar and 10 gunmen. From Crimea Yanukovych and his associates flew to Russia.
Yanukovych is hiding in Russia since Feb. 2014. According to advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Herahchenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship to ousted ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.