anrec80 wrote:There is no "re-writing history". There was exactly an armed coup in Kiev. Nobody argues with this. Both Obama and Biden later confirmed - "we brokered the transfer of power". Any power transfer outside of constitution (such as legitimate impeachment, which never took place, death/murder of the President, or re-election) - is a coup, or an illegal seizure of power. This is exactly what happened. The government was not the same as was legitimately appointed by Parliament, it was formed from the crowd on Maidan. This has nothing to do with democratic legitimate process. In order for your post to make sense, new Kiev thugs should have at least bothered to kill the guy..
Of course you are trying to rewrite history; that is the only way Russia can distort what actually happened and "justify" its invasion(s). So let's take this step by step:
ADMIT OR DENY: In fall of 2013, President Yanukovych announced his intention to sign an association agreement with the European Union, which would have provided Ukraine with funds in return for liberalising reforms
ADMIT OR DENY: On 21 November, 2013, Yanukovych, under pressure from Russia, refused to sign that agreement at the last minute.
ADMIT OR DENY: Yanukovych's about-face set the stage for the protests that led to his departure in disgrace.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 18 February, 2014, some 20,000 Euromaidan protesters advanced on Ukraine's parliament in support of restoring the Constitution of Ukraine to its 2004 form, which had been repealed by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine shortly after Yanukovych was elected president in 2010.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 20 February, Internal Affairs Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko announced that he had signed a decree authorising the use of live ammunition against protesters. The Ukrainian security forces cracked down on the protesters, using live bullets and resulting in 82 deaths and more than 1,000 injuries.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 21 February, President Yanukovych signed a compromise deal with opposition leaders. It promised constitutional changes to restore certain powers to Parliament and called for early elections to be held by December.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 21 February, an impeachment bill was introduced in Parliament.. On the same day, Yanukovych left for Kharkiv to attend a summit of southeastern regions.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 22 February, the Parliament, controlled by Yanukovych's own political party, voted 328–0 in favour of impeaching Yanukovych and scheduled new presidential elections for 25 May.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 23 February, Parliament - the same Parliament controlled by Yanukovych's own party - named its speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, as interim president .
ADMIT OR DENY: On 28 February, Yanukovych suddenly appears in Russia, denouncing the "coup" and asking Putin to act decisively.
ADMIT OR DENY: On 1 March, Russia's parliament approved a request from President Vladimir Putin to deploy Russian troops to Ukraine, setting the stage for the instability in the region that continues through today.
Facts are stubborn little things, not so easily dislodged by Russian propaganda and disinformation.
anrec80 wrote:There is nothing called "ran away" in legislature - any Constitution clearly defines when an acting President can be removed from power, and what is the process. The process in Ukraine was never followed. Furthermore, Yanukovich still carries the title of the "President" - something all former Presidents are entitled to, unless they were impeached.
Ahhhh... another attempt to deny the facts. The Ukrainian Parliament - led by Yanukovych's own party - filed an impeachment bill on 21 February, 2014, and voted 328-0 to impeach Yanukovych the next day. That, good sir, is the process - and it was followed.
He may still claim the title of "President" - just as you may claim to be an honest historian - but the facts, in both cases, prove otherwise.