Russia Direct is following Ukraine's Yanukovych press conference that he is holding in the southern Russian city Rostov-on-Don.

Viktor Yanukovych during his press conference on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Viktor Yanukovych, in his first public appearance since being ousted as president of Ukraine, promised that he will continue fighting for his country.

Russia Direct is following his press conference that he is holding in the southern Russian city Rostov-on-Don.

5:11 p.m. I intend to keep fighting for the future of Ukraine.

5:11 p.m. Power was captured by fascists who represent the minority of Ukrainians.

5:13 p.m. According to the agreement, we have to finish a constitutional reform by Sept. 2014 and hold presidential elections by Dec. 2014.

5:14 p.m. Victims of the protests are a consequence of political crisis that was initiated by the West who favors the Maidan.

5:17 p.m. The agreement between the goverment and opposition had to be implemented by both sides, but it wasn't.

5:19 p.m. Parliament is currently acting under pressure of the Maidan.

5:21 p.m. The Parliament is illegitimate.

5:24 p.m. I intend to fight for the future of Ukraine.

5:30 p.m. Events in Crimea are a natural reaction to the actions of bandits currently in Kiev.

5:31 p.m. I call on the residents of Crimea not to escalate the situation, Crimea should remain part of Ukraine.

5:32 p.m. Any military action is unacceptable, I will not ask Russia for military support.

5:34 p.m. I haven't met with Vladimir Putin, but had a phone talk with him.

5:35 p.m. I'll return to Ukraine on conditions that my and my family's safety is ensured

5:38 p.m. My fellow party members were forced to denounce their party membership, their houses in Kiev were burnt down.

5:41 p.m. Ukraine entered near-default when political instability began.

5:42 p.m. I consider presidential election on May 25 illegitimate and I won't run.

5:45 p.m. The West, who initiated the agreement, is responsible for the current situation.

5:49 p.m. I would like to apologize before the Berkut riot police who are being oppressed now.

5:49 p.m. The future of Yulia Tymoshenko will be determined by the Ukrainian people.

5:54 p.m. Russia is our strategic partner.

6:10 p.m. I'm against military intervention in Ukraine.

6:10 p.m. Russia should do everything to stop the chaos and terror that persists in Ukraine.

6:17 p.m. I never had any property or bank accounts outside Ukraine.

Closing remarks:

6:20 p.m. In the end I would like to apologize before all Ukrainians who suffered and are still suffering.