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A man gestures behind the interior bar inside the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich in the village Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev

A man gestures behind the interior bar inside the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich in the village Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev

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A man gestures behind the interior bar inside the residence as anti-government protesters and journalists walk on the grounds of the Mezhyhirya residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich in the village Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev

THE extravagance and outrageous bad taste of the man who fled from the presidency of Ukraine were laid bare when dumbfounded ordinary Ukrainians inspected the residence of the missing president Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr Yanukovych had evacuated the vast compound in the dark of night, but by afternoon the next day it was as thronged as a One Direction concert.

Behind a blank perimeter fence, tennis courts, a golf course, exotic animals and birds, a luxury car collection, and a vast mock galley soon came into view.

Activists hoisted Ukrainian flags on the masts of the enormous wooden galleon. "They took everything – except the furniture and the animals in the zoo," said one eyewitness. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent