Ukraine: Arrest warrant for President Yanukovych

In this image made from video released by the Regional Administration of Kharkiv and distributed by AP Video, Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine,  speaks in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Protesters took control of Ukraine's capital Saturday, seizing the president's office as parliament voted to remove him and hold new elections.  Yanukovych described the events as a coup and insisted he would not step down. After a tumultuous week that left scores dead and Ukraine's political destiny in flux, fears mounted that the country could split in two — a Europe-leaning west and a Russian-leaning east and south.  (AP Photo/Regional Administration of Kharkiv)
In this image made from video released by the Regional Administration of Kharkiv and distributed by AP Video, Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, speaks in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Protesters took control of Ukraine's capital Saturday, seizing the president's office as parliament voted to remove him and hold new elections. Yanukovych described the events as a coup and insisted he would not step down. After a tumultuous week that left scores dead and Ukraine's political destiny in flux, fears mounted that the country could split in two — a Europe-leaning west and a Russian-leaning east and south. (AP Photo/Regional Administration of Kharkiv)

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s acting interior minister says that a warrant is out for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

In a statement on his official Facebook page Monday, Arsen Avakhov says Yanukovych arrived in Crimea on Sunday and relinquished his official security detail then drove off to an unknown location.

He says a warrant is out for Yanukovych and several other officials, suspected in mass killings of civilians.

Calls are mounting in Ukraine to put Yanukovych on trial, after a tumultuous presidency in which he amassed powers, enriched his allies and cracked down on protesters.

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