21 March 2014, 11:12

Snipers who shot at demonstrators in Kiev identified as Ukrainian citizens

Snipers who shot at demonstrators in Kiev identified as Ukrainian citizens

Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has identified snipers shooting at demonstrators in Kiev, parliamentary envoy for control over the prosecutor general’s office Oleg Magnitsky said live on 5th Ukrainian TV channel on Friday. "Snipers shooting at Maidan protesters are identified. But I cannot tell you their names. I can only say that they are Ukrainian citizens," he stated.

Berkut did not use weapons during Maidan protests in Kiev - police officer

Berkut did not use weapons during Maidan protests in Kiev, shots were fired from the opposition side, commander of special police unit said.

Allegations in some Western and Ukrainian media that policemen of the Berkut special task force used firearms and snipers against maidan protesters in Kiev are lies, a former Berkut police officer who is now commander of a special task police unit in Crimea, Alexander Vasyukov, told reporters on Friday.

"Our unit's sniper was always with us and he could only use special means like noise grenades. We were unable to use firearms just because we hadn't any! Radicals were the ones who used weapons, their snipers began shooting on law enforcers first only in dark hours and then night and day," Vasyukov said at a press conference at Sevastopol.

Kiev snipers hired by new coalition, not Yanukovych - Estonian FM to Ashton

The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online.

"There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition," Paet said during the conversation.

"I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh," Ashton answered.

The call took place after Estonia’s FM Urmas Paet visited Kiev on February 25 at the peak of clashes between the pro-EU protesters and security forces in the Ukrainian capital.

Paet also recalled his conversation with a doctor who treated those shot by snipers in Kiev. She said that both protesters and police were shot at by the same people.

"And second, what was quite disturbing, this same Olga [Bogomolets] told as well that all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides," the Estonian FM stressed.

Ashton reacted to the information by saying: "Well, yeah…that’s, that’s terrible."

"So that she then also showed me some photos she said that as a medical doctor she can say that it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened," Paet said.

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Snipers shooting at both sides in Kiev were hired by Maidan leaders

 

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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