13 March 2014, 08:01

Snipers shot people from buildings, controlled by Maidan protestors - Ukraine's ex-security chief

Snipers shot people from buildings, controlled by Maidan protestors - Ukraine's ex-security chief

Snipers, who were killing people during the Euromaidan, were situated in the building of philharmonic society. At a point in time, the building was controlled by Andrey Parubiy, commandant of the Euromaidan, Alexander Yakimenko, former Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, told Rossiya 1 Russian TV channel. He thinks that Parubiy contacted with the US intelligence representatives.

"Snipers shot people from the building of philharmonic society, which was controlled by commandant Andrey Parubiy. These people attacked Ukrainian law enforcers, who were demoralized and fled, because snipers were shooting them," Alexander Yakimenko said.

"The law enforcers were chased by armed people with different types of arms. At the very moment, snipers began to shoot the pursuers. When the first wave of shootings ended, witnesses saw 20 people, leaving the building of philharmonic society. These people had a special uniform, cases for sniper rifles and the AKMs rifles. The fact is that not only law enforcers saw these people, but the Maidan protestors, including representative of Svoboda, Right Sector, Batkivshchyna and UDAR parties as well. 

According to Yakimenko, during the massacre the opposition leaders contacted him and asked him to deploy special force unit to scoop out the snipers from buildings in central Kiev, but Parubiy made sure that won't happen.

"The Right Sector and Freedom Party have requested me to use the Alpha group to cleanse these buildings, stripping them from snipers," Yakimenko said. According to him Ukrainian troops were ready to move in and eliminate the shooters.

"I was ready to do it, but in order to go inside Maidan I had to get the sanction from Parubiy. Otherwise the 'self-defense' would attack me in the back. Parubiy did not give such consent," Yakimenko said noting that the Maidan leader had full authority over the access to weapons on Maidan, and not a single gun including a sniper rifle could get in or out of the square.

The latest developments in Ukraine were the result of an accelerated implementation by external forces, first of all, the United States, of a scenario that was to be used in the country in 2015 during presidential elections, the former head of the Ukrainian Security Service, Alexander Yakimenko, said in interview to Rossiya 24 Russian TV station.

He said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was out of favor in the West, adding that a number of countries were conducting work aimed at bringing to power representatives of other political forces at the 2015 presidential elections.

He said Western countries "flirted" with Yanukovich saying Europe was supporting him, and planned "to protract the negotiating process" for Kiev to sign an association agreement with the European Union "for Russia to help reinforce the social and political structure in Ukraine."

According to Yakimenko, this was done in order "to bring Ukraine to Europe for Russian money" later by replacing the Ukrainian president.

Ukrainian President Yanukovich left Ukraine in February after a coup in his country. He told reporters in southern Russia on Tuesday that he remained the legitimate Ukrainian leader despite "an anti-constitutional seizure of power by armed radicals." Russia considers Yanukovich the legitimate Ukrainian president.

The coup came on the wave of mass anti-government protests in Ukraine that started in November 2013 when the country's authorities refused to sign an association agreement with the EU at a Vilnius summit, opting for closer ties with Russia instead.

Yakimenko also said some representatives of the new Kiev authorities are now still actively implementing the will of their American patrons who "need a Ukraine that would fulfill what they believe necessary."

He said he believes the West will continue its policy aimed at destabilizing the situation in Ukraine's southeastern regions and then in Belarus and Kazakhstan.

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Voice of Russia, RT, Vesti

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