Interpol says Ukraine wants Yanukovych's arrest

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PARIS (AP) — Interpol says it is studying a request by Ukrainian authorities to issue an international wanted persons alert for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych for abuse of power and murder.

A statement on Thursday by the international police organization, based in Lyon, France, said it received a request a day earlier from Ukrainian authorities to issue a "Red Notice," which informs Interpol's 190-member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued. It is not an international arrest warrant.

The request "is being assessed" to see if it is in line with Interpol's rules, the statement said.

Yanukovych fled to Russia after disturbances in which more than 80 people were killed in Kiev, but insists he's still president.

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