Ukraine’s exiled former president, who was found guilty of fueling a deadly separatist conflict in the east, is warning of possible vote rigging in the country’s upcoming presidential election.

Ukrainians will vote March 31 to elect a new president. Former President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014 following months of anti-government protests. Russia used his appeal to send troops to Ukraine as a justification for annexing the Crimean peninsula.

Yanukovych spoke to the press Wednesday in Moscow, breaking more than a year of silence. He would not endorse any of the over 30 Ukrainian presidential candidates but accused President Petro Poroshenko of plotting vote rigging.

A Kiev court last month found Yanukovych guilty of treason and of helping Russia to annex Crimea.

Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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