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Ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich insisted on Tuesday that he remained Ukraine's legitimate president and commander-in-chief, saying he would return to Kiev and appealing to the armed forces to defy any "criminal orders" handed down by his foes.Yanukovich made his appeal to the army after Ukraine's acting president told parliament of plans to raise a new national guard to protect against internal and external threats.At the time, Yanukovich said the Crimea region should remain part of Ukraine but enjoy autonomy.Yanukovich criticised U.S. plans to extend financial aid to Ukraine, citing what he said was U.S. law prohibiting aid to illegitimate foreign authorities.
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