As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is going on, Kremlin’s move to make Viktor Yanukovych the Ukraine President replacing Zelenskyy is now in news. Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Moscow in 2014 has been picked by Russia as the neighboring country’s new head. However, will there be a replacement in Ukraine’s president chair is a question mark? Whether Zelenskyy- Ukraine’s powerful leader gets a replacement, or not is also in the air now.
The international media has taken the name Vikter Yoanukovich along with the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as there occured a doubt regarding the replacement of the sitting president of Ukraine-Volodymyr Zelenskyy. According to reports, Russia will try to declare him as the “President of Ukraine”.
Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, who fled to Russia in 2014 served as prime minister of Ukraine during the year 2002–05, 2006–07. He served as the fourth president of Ukraine from 2010 until he was removed from office in the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution. Yanukovych was born to a poor family in Donetsk Oblast, in the heavily Russian-speaking region of Donbas. He was a trucking and transportation company manager before being appointed vice head and then head of the Donetsk Oblast regional government in 1996 and 1997.
In 2014, when Vikter refused to follow the rules with the European Union and Ukraine, a widespread protest among the Ukrainian people began and Vikter was forced to leave his position. Moreover, in 2019, he was convicted and found guilty in sedition and he was sentenced to jail for almost 13 years after he was removed from his president’s position.
When the protest began in November 2013, there were a response to Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a political and trade agreement with the European Union (EU). Yanukovych then made his way to Russia, where he continues to live in exile under the protection of the Kremlin.
Months after he fled, the Ukrainian parliament issued a warrant for his arrest, accusing him responsible for ‘the mass killing of civilians. In January of 2019, a Ukrainian court found him guilty of treason for his efforts to crush the 2014 pro-western demonstrations that eventually toppled his government.
Yanukovych has always shown a pro-Russian bent and following his seeking refuge in Russia in 2014, This itself irritated the Ukraine people and forced them to protest against Yanukovych’s actions. In 2014, the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove him from his post and schedule new elections on the grounds that he “has restrained himself from performing his constitutional duties” and effectively resigned, rather than by following the impeachment process for criminal acts under Article 108 of the Ukrainian constitution.
As per reports, Russia could be preparing an informational operation or action for Yanukovych. Viktor Yanukovych, who now resides in Belarus has been opted by Putin and Kremlin to be the next president of Ukraine, aiming to lash Zelenskyy out. However, no formal decisions are made yet, and only time will tell if Yanukovych does become the next president of Ukraine.