Friday, December 31, 2004
"I have made the decision and am formally submitting my resignation," he said in a televised address.
However, Mr Yanukovych refused to admit defeat in the country's re-run presidential election, which was called for Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko. He is preparing an appeal to Ukraine's Supreme Court.
"We are still fighting but I don't have much hope," he said in his New Year's Eve address.
His threat of going into "harsh opposition", I predict, will fade to black in short order. The whereabouts of his compatriots is still unknown.