Former President of Ukraine Belatedly Realizing Inviting in Russia was a Bad Idea

Yanukovych said he hoped to persuade Putin to return Crimea.


It's not like there's ample precedent for realizing that inviting in a country known for invading in its neighbors to help you out is likely to end with them helping themselves to your country.

How could he have known?

Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted after asking Russian troops into Crimea, admits that his decision was wrong, calling Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula "a major tragedy."

In an interview with The Associated Press and Russian channel NTV, he said he made a mistake when he asked Russia to intervene, a move many Ukrainians view as treason.

"I was wrong," he said through a translator. "I acted on my emotions."

Yanukovych, who is currently residing in Russia, said he hoped to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to return Crimea.

Good luck with that. Bob Kraft is still waiting for his ring back from Putin.

In the weeks leading up to Yanukovych's removal from power, more than 100 people were killed by gunfire – many by snipers — but the former leader denied he had any role in their deaths.

"I personally never gave any orders to shoot," he said.

He probably was set up. Putin wanted to push the conflict as far as possible and create a state of chaos.