The Times: Putin stopped the violence in Kiev
The Times journalist Ben Hoyle believes that Russia unfairly blamed for fuelling the conflict in Ukraine. It was the Russian President’s call that forced Yanukovych to make the concessions during EuroMaidan, writes Hoyle.
Important role of Vladimir Putin in establishing peace in Kiev is evidenced by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski: “The voice of the handset, which last week convinced Yanukovych to make concessions and to stop the bloodshed in Kiev, belonged to unexpected peacemaker - Vladimir Putin.”
After the call, Yanukovych “agreed to limit his time in office”, Sikorski said in an interview with The New York Times.
Viktor Yanukovych whereabouts remained unknown for a long time after his removal from the President post. Today, for the first time in several days, he appeared in public - at the press conference in Russia’s city Rostov-on-Don.