ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 11 (RAPSI) – On Tuesday, Viktor Yanukovich said at a press conference that he will appeal to the US Congress, Senate, and Supreme Court to review the current developments in Ukraine.

Yanukovich explained his rationale as follows: "As far as I know, US legislation prohibits the distribution of financial aid to states that have overthrown its lawfully elected leaders through an armed coup. I will appeal to the US Congress, Senate, and the US Supreme Court for an evaluation of the US' activities in relation to the situation. You have no right, in accordance with your own laws, to fund criminals."

At a previous conference held at the couther Russian city of Rostov-On-Don, Yanukovich said that he was forced to leave Ukraine amid threats against his person and maintains that he is the only legitimate president of Ukraine and will continue to fight against the new regime.

On February 22, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) impeached Yanukovich and amended the constitution. The presidential powers were assigned to the parliament speaker Alexander Turchinov. The parliament scheduled presidential election for May 25.

Russia has filed an inquiry with the Venice Commission seeking answers on the legitimacy of decisions made by the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada.