Yanukovych has no political future, says Putin

ABOVE: Vladimir Putin calls the removal of Viktor Yanukovych an armed coup

MOSCOW – Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has no political future and Russia sheltered him to save his life, says Russian president Putin.

He also says sanctions against Russia will backfire on the West, that Russia reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine and that he hopes Russia won’t have to use force in eastern Ukraine.

More to come.