Ukraine has issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych as the world awaits Russian leader Vladimir Putin‘s next move following the country’s revolution.
Ukraine’s acting interior minister said Mr Yanukovych, whose exact whereabouts are unknown, is wanted by police for “mass murder” of peaceful citizens.
Arsen Avakov said the deposed leader had left a private residence in Balaclava, in the Russian-speaking Crimea region, for an unknown destination with one of his aides.
Spokesmen for the Interior Ministry and Security Service in Crimea said they had no information to support reports from opposition politicians and a news website that the president had been arrested or seen with Russian marines there.
Western governments are scrambling to provide support for Ukraine’s interim leaders amid fears that Russia could send in troops to intervene in support of its ousted ally.
European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is due to meet Ukraine’s interim leaders in Kiev to discuss plans “for a lasting solution to the political crisis and measures to stabilise the economic situation”.