As reported by Censor.NET, he said it during the questioning by the Sviatoshyn district court of Kyiv conducted via videoconferencing from Russian Rostov-on-Don.
"Donetsk was my second destination [after Kharkiv - ed.]. It is the second region where I planned to arrive and meet with party activists. But it turned out that when I was on my way to Donetsk, a military air traffic controller ordered the pilots to fly back to Kharkiv. No explanations followed," Yanukovych said.
"I wondered who he was to dare order the president of Ukraine. He said it was the order of Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov. The pilot replied the president of Ukraine was on board and said that perhaps it was some mistake? The commander-in-chief was the first reason, the second one - even if he would have listened to that controller, there wasn't enough fuel to return to Kharkiv as we were already approaching Donetsk. He started to threaten the pilot, said he would send a fighter to force the plane down. I demand to investigate the attempt on the president's life," the ex-president added.
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