I thought I'd heard the newsreader say earlier 'Ex-president Viktor Yanukovich was last seen in a balaclava', but, in fact, she'd said 'Ex-president Viktor Yanukovich was last seen in Balaklava'.
A balaclava is a warm woolly hat that covers the head and neck, and sometimes the mouth and lower part of the face as well, leaving only the eyes visible. The name of the garment comes from the town of Balaklava in Ukraine, where Yanukovich was last seen. The Battle of Balaklava took place in 1854 during the Crimean War. This battle is associated with the Charge of the Light Brigade. British soldiers wore such knitted hats to protect them from the bitter cold.
The place Balaklava has had a chequered history. It was once part of the ancient Greek empire, then was conquered by the Genoese, and later became part of the Ottoman Empire. Russia annexed it during the reign of Catherine the Great. As for where the name Balaklava came from, the OUP's Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names states that it probably comes from Turkish: ballk, meaning fish, with the second half of the word coming from kaya, reef, yuva, nest, or possibly from the verb yakalamak, to catch. Apparently, the harbour entrance at Balaklava is very narrow, and once fish enter, they find it very difficult to swim out again.