Viktor Yanukovich. File picture: Reuters

Moscow - A respected Russian news organisation is reporting that Ukraine's fugitive president is staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just outside Moscow.

Viktor Yanukovich has not been seen publicly since Saturday.

While the West has recognised the new Ukrainian government, whose forces drove Yanukovich from the capital, Russia still considers him the legitimate president.

RBK reports that Yanukovich is staying at the Barvikha sanatorium, which is run by the presidential administration's property department.

The spokesman for this department, Viktor Khrekov, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has no information about this.

RBK says the information came from one of Russia's wealthiest businessmen and was confirmed by a government official, neither of whom was identified.

The article was under the byline of respected journalists, including RBK's editor in chief. - Sapa-AP