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Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission meeting in Moscow

Ex-President Viktor Yanukovich of Ukraine, left, at a Kremlin meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December. Yanukovich, who fled Kiev on Friday after a revolt by pro-Western opposition forces, announced Thursday that he had appealed for refuge in Russia, and state-run media reported that he was granted asylum and was "currently on Russian territory."Mikhail Klimentiev / RIA Novosti / European Pressphoto Agency