WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The White House says the whereabouts of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH’-vich) have not been confirmed and says Yanukovych is not, quote, “actively leading the country.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration believes the Ukrainian parliament has lawfully elected a new speaker. The parliament’s speaker, Oleksandr Turchinov, has been acting as the government’s interim leader in the wake of the wave of protests that prompted Yanukovich to flee the capital of Kiev.
Yanukovych is reportedly in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, a pro-Russian area in Ukraine.
Carney says the United States is prepared to help Ukraine regain economic stability by providing support that complements assistance from the International Monetary Fund.