Putin accuses US over Ukraine coup

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  • The West spared no effort to prevent Crimea’s reunification with Russia, “by any means, in any format and under any scheme,” he noted.
  • In the more than two-hour-long documentary, President Putin also accused the beneficiaries of the coup of planning an assassination of then-President Yanukovich who was overthrown in February 2014 and said Russia was prepared to act to ensure his escape.
  • Yanukovich himself didn’t want to leave and rejected the offer to be evacuated from Donetsk, Mr Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of masterminding the armed coup that led to the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich last year.

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