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Study Proves Maidan Snipers Were Western-Backed Opposition’s False Flag

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Research conducted by Dr. Ivan Katchanovski on the Maidan “Snipers’ massacre” of February 2014 has shown that the killings of protesters were organized by far right paramilitary groups and allied political parties, not the former government’s Berkut riot police, as claimed by the current Kiev government and repeated by Western media.

A study of the February 20, 2014 “Snipers’ massacre” in Kiev, where scores of protesters were killed by shots fired from surrounding buildings, has proved that it was carried out by Western-backed opposition groups.

The research found that the Berkut special police force, which was loyal to the Ukrainian government, was not responsible, contrary to the narrative which was created by the post-Maidan coup government in Kiev, and consequently accepted by Western governments and media.

Ivan Katchanovski, a teacher of political science at the University of Ottawa, studied eyewitness reports, estimates of ballistic trajectories, 30 gigabytes of security forces’ radio intercepts, 5,000 photos and 1,500 videos and broadcast recordings of the protesters’ deaths.

“This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power,” wrote Katchanovski in his study, called ‘The “Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine.’

“It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas.”

The deaths of 49 protesters on February 20 have been attributed by Kiev’s current government to the Berkut special police force, loyal to then Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s government. Investigations of the massacre by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office and other government agencies blame Berkut for shooting the protesters on Yanukovych’s orders. 

The prosecutor’s report falsely concluded that Berkut snipers killed 39 of the protesters who died that day, reports Katchanovski.

​The killings took place as the Yanukovych government was negotiating with opposition groups to find a political solution to the crisis, and was soon followed on February 22 by an armed coup that gave Ukraine’s Verkhovnaya Rada the power to change the constitution and overthrow the president. 

 “The Maidan-led government used the Maidan massacre as a source of its legitimacy and widely commemorated this mass killing and its victims among the protesters. The killed protesters were posthumously awarded ‘Hero of Ukraine’ titles by President Petro Poroshenko, and the government established February 20 as a day in their honor,” Katchanovski explains.

The post-Yanukovych government’s version of the events of that tragic day has been largely unchallenged by the Western governments and media, who have represented the massacre and the Maidan protests as “a part of the narrative presenting ‘Euromaidan’ as a democratic, peaceful mass —protest movement and a revolution led by pro-Western parties,” says the academic.

“A report of the International Advisory Panel, set up by the Council of Europe, presented evidence in 2015 that the investigation of the ‘snipers' massacre’ on the Maidan has been stalled, in particular by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Prosecutor General office. The report revealed that contrary to the public statements, the official investigation had evidence of ‘shooters’ killing at least three protesters from the Maidan-controlled Hotel Ukraina or the Music Conservatory and that at least other 10 protesters were killed by unidentified ‘snipers’ from rooftops.”

While observing the overwhelming bias of Western media representations of the events, the scholar was able to cite some more thorough investigations. German TV program Monitor shows shooters based in the Hotel Ukraina, and revealed manipulation of the government’s investigation of the shootings. In addition, Katchanovski found reports from the BBC and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) that confirmed the presence of armed protesters at the Music Conservatory and their shooting of the police at Maidan.

However, Katchanovski also relates other serious examples of media manipulation of the shootings, such as BBC editing of an interview with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, which “was misrepresented by BBC and the Ukrainian media as an admission of his and his police forces’ responsibility for carrying out the Maidan massacre.”

“The transcript of the full Yanukovych interview published on the BBC Russian website shows that he did not admit his and his police forces’ responsibility for carrying the Maidan massacre and repeated his previous statements about a ‘coup’ by ‘radicals’ but regretted his failure to prevent the massacre.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated that the research was conducted by the University of Ottawa. The university did not conduct this study or any other research studies, and is not responsible for studies conducted by Dr. Katchanovski or other researchers with the University of Ottawa.

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  • I've heard people say the snipers came from the lDF (many Ukrainians in lsraeI) other say they were Poles.

    Witnesses say some cars leaving Maidan after the massacre were controlled by the coup's forces, and weapons found, but they just let them leave...
  • marcanhalt
    Thank you for this article and the investigation into what some thought was a mystery, at best; it never was with some of us.
  • Ivan Zadorozhny
    Thank you Ivan Katchanovski for the good work and your courage (people get killed in Ukraine for publicly questioning the official version of the massacre). Yet it has been clear to anybody with half a brain all along that the Maidan sniper massacre was the work of the Maidan activists. First, it was not necessary to the then Ukrainian authorities to shoot the people, as they had nothing to gain and everything to lose by doing so. That the shooting was perpetrated by the Maidan activists is also amply clear from the fact that the new post Maidan authorities moved fast to destroy all evidence of the shooting, including on site, and that they have not been able or more likely unwilling so far to solve this crime. Time will come when the Ukrainian authorities will be forced to acknowledge that much, but likely only when the Maidan regime is voted by the people out of office.
  • sepheronx
    I am from Canada (and also Ukrainian descendant), and this will fall on deaf ears. In other words, most will ignore such findings and the Ukrainians in Canada (decedents of those whom mostly fought for the Nazi's who fled the country after the Soviets took western Ukraine from Poland in the 30's) will decry this and call this guy a simple "Kremlin Stooge" as they are usually dumb and ignorant.

    so don't expect anything to come to this. Ukrainians here will make sure of that as they are mentally unstable people.
  • Arius Armenianin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    marquesrouges, There is a video of a car that was stopped with rifles in its trunk. The driver was allowed by the crowd to leave. He was not in any official uniform. This smells like a Gladio type operation, typical for the CIA.
  • rgrag1245in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    marquesrouges, Well hey, history is replete with this kind of crap. Remember the burning of the Reichstagsgebäudeg for Hitler's election?
  • michael
    the research 'speaks' to the 'converted' only unfortunately.
  • Mr. Blair M. Phillips
    Who were the," allied political parties" ? The American Democratic Party? The American Republican Party? Both?
  • sossinternational33in reply tosepheronx(Show commentHide comment)
    sepheronx,
    Our criminal government of harper wrote off a debt for 900 million dollars
    to this terrorist government. i wrote our prime minister and asked him " are you in favour of us storming the parliament when we want you removed". as for your countrymen who protested in downtown toronto , called putin a fascist. what a thick bunch. laughing.
  • sossinternational33in reply tosepheronx(Show commentHide comment)
    sepheronx,
    Our criminal government of harper wrote off a debt for 900 million dollars
    to this terrorist government. i wrote our prime minister and asked him " are you in favour of us storming the parliament when we want you removed". as for your countrymen who protested in downtown toronto , called putin a fascist. what a thick bunch. laughing.
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