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Published: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 9:40:02 PM
Updated: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 9:41:47 PM

Ukraine's Yanukovich says will 'continue struggle for Ukraine's future'

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich takes part in a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich takes part in a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Viktor Yanukovich, appearing in public for the first time since he was ousted as Ukraine's president, said in Russia on Friday he would not give up the fight for his country's future.

In the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, he appeared in a suit and tie and told reporters he had been forced from power by pro-Fascist forces and blamed the crisis on the West for "indulging" protesters seeking his ouster.

He said lawlessness and chaos had followed an agreement he signed with his opponents last Friday, which was brokered by the European Union and was intended to end three months of crisis. He fled Kiev later that day.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk, Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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