(MOSCOW) -- The crisis in Ukraine became even more tense Tuesday when ousted President Viktor Yanukovych called upon the country's military to defy the new government's orders. Yanukovych, who fled Kiev in late February, is seeking to return to power with the backing of Moscow. He made his appeal from the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
Accused by the interim Ukrainian government of mass killing following public demonstrations that turned deadly, Yanukovych nevertheless condemned the U.S. and its Western allies for backing his ouster.
He said it was illegal for Washington to pledge $1 billion to the new government, citing a U.S. law that bans financial aid to regimes that come into power as the result of a coup.
It's likely that Yanukovych's words are falling on deaf ears as interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will meet with President Obama at the White House Wednesday, which will solidify U.S. support for the post-Yanukovych government.
Washington's resolve to back the new leadership has only grown since the Russian occupation of Crimea following Yanukovych's departure from Ukraine.
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