As reported by Censor.NET referring to the Russian TASS news agency, he said in an interview to Russian and Ukrainian journalists.
"I live in a small rented house in Rostov (Rostov-on-Don, the Russian Federation). I stay in touch with my friends and relatives and, certainly, with my associates. They have also found themselves in difficulties and, just like me, they also dream of doing something good for Ukraine, the Ukrainian people. And, of course, we all dream to return home to take part in restoring normalcy so that our children live in a prosperous country," Yanukovych said.
He stressed that he had "no illusions or big ambitions."
"I just have to take a principled stance today. I am obliged to seek political means to end the war in Ukraine, to start restoring the devastated Donbas - my lesser motherland where I was born and lived for more than 50 years," he said.
The fugitive president is convinced that Ukraine and Russia still have great prospects for restoring good relations because of the countries' "shared history."
Viktor Yanukovych is known to be charged with high treason, aiding the Russian authorities in their deliberate actions aimed at changing the territory and the state borders of Ukraine in violation of the procedure stipulated by the Ukrainian Constitution, and waging of a war of aggression.