Now living in exile in Russia, he appeared by video link on November 25 from Rostov-on-Don before a Kyiv courtroom.
"I had a preliminary information that the Ukrainian government was setting up a provocation in order to sabotage today's court hearing and prevent me from testifying as a witness in the case at any cost," Yanukovych told Russia's Rossia 24 television after his testimony was rescheduled.
Yanukovych was due to be questioned as a witness in the trial of five former Ukrainian riot police officers accused of murdering protesters. He was also expected to be asked what role he played in the crackdown.
In opening remarks, Yanukovych said that "it was my own initiative to be a witness in this case. This was my own decision. So I am interested in establishing the truth in this case and punishing the perpetrators."
A Right Sector spokesman was quoted by the Ukrainian media as saying the demonstrators feared that the defendants would be set free after the court hearing.
"I clearly see that delaying my questioning is a deliberate decision made by [protesters] today who don’t want to establish the truth," Yanukovych added.