Deposed Ukraine president surfaces in Moscow

Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Kiev last Saturday, surfaced Thursday in Moscow. Since asking for Russian protection, he has been housed in “a Kremlin property” outside the Russian capital, according to an official statement. DEBKAfile: The Russians, who refuse to recognize the new authorities in Kiev, may be considering accepting the deposed president as the legitimate Ukraine ruler and meanwhile offering him the same protection as any other pro-Russian Ukrainian citizen. Allowing Yanukovych to surface after five days is intended to exert pressure on the provisional rulers of Kiev, coupled with military heat. Russian TV ran photos of Russian air transports loading tanks, APCs and heavy military vehicles at one of their bases

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