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Ousted president Viktor Yanukovych has accused the CIA of being behind the new Ukrainian government's decision to deploy armed forces against pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine, Associated Press reports.

Speaking on April 13 on Russian state television, Yanukovych claimed that CIA director John Brennan had met with Ukraine's new leadership and "in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed."
There was no independent confirmation that Brennan was in Ukraine or in any way involved in the decision to send troops to eastern Ukraine.
Yanukovych was ousted in February following months of protests in Kyiv that were sparked by his refusal to sign a key deal with the European Union and turn toward Russia.
He fled to Russia, saying he feared for his life.