Ukraine Crisis: President flee as a warrant of arrest is issued

Viktor Yanukovych was voted out by parliament on Saturday

Viktor Yanukovych was voted out by parliament on Saturday

Ukraine has issued a warrant for the arrest of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, the interim interior minister has announced.

Arsen Avakov said on Facebook that a criminal case had been opened against Mr Yanukovych and other officials over “mass murder of peaceful citizens”.

MPs voted to remove Mr Yanukovych on Saturday after months of protest sparked by his rejection of an EU deal.

A crackdown on the protests last week left dozens dead.

Russia, furious at the loss of its political ally, has strongly condemned the parliamentary action, and has recalled its ambassador for consultation.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the opposition “had in effect seized power in Kiev, refused to disarm and continued to place its bets on violence”.
Crimean protests

“An official case for the mass murder of peaceful citizens has been opened,” Mr Avakov said in his statement.

“Yanukovych and other people responsible for this have been declared wanted.”

The statement said Mr Yanukovych was last seen in Balaklava on the Crimean peninsula on Sunday, but that he had left by car for an unknown destination, accompanied by an aide. / BBC