UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine is refuting the authority of fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych to authorize Russia to use its armed forces to restore peace and defend the Ukrainian population.
Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press that under the constitution "the parliament of Ukraine has an exclusive power to approve a decision on admission of foreign military forces into the territory of Ukraine."
Sergeyev said he was responding to the statement "allegedly made by Mr. Viktor Yanukovych" which was read by Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin at a council meeting on Monday. Churkin said Yanukovych asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to use Russia's armed forces "to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability and defending the people of Ukraine."